Nova Scotia Power shows off its new 60-MW biomass plant

Nova Scotia Power on Oct. 30 was giving tours of its newest renewable energy facility, the Port Hawkesbury Biomass Plant which started full operation in July producing both electricity and steam.

“A project like the Port Hawkesbury Biomass Plant takes the cooperation and expertise of many partners to help bring it to a successful completion,” said Mark Sidebottom, Nova Scotia Power’s Vice President of Power Generation and Delivery, in an Oct. 30 statement. “That’s why today is as much about thanking everyone involved as it is about demonstrating the economic and environmental benefits of this new renewable energy facility.”

The Port Hawkesbury Biomass Plant can produce up to 60 MW of renewable energy and has created 32 new operations jobs at the plant, in addition to the economic activity created during the construction phase. Biomass procurement activities are creating further economic opportunities through sustainable forest harvesting, trucking, chipping, fuel handling, forest management and silviculture.

As many as 50 trucks a day deliver up to 2,000 tonnes of biomass every day. The plant supplies as much as 4% of the province’s total electricity requirement.

Its 150 tonne steam turbine (ST) was manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in Yokohama. The ST was being constructed when Japan suffered the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami resulting in the loss of electric capacity in the Tokyo region, Nova Scotia Power noted. MHI modified its manufacturing effort to absorb the disruptions and meet its commitment to deliver the equipment by the end of April 2012.

The generator was shipped from Liverpool, England, to arrive in Halifax, Nova Scotia, concurrent with the ST.

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