The Alberta Utilities Commission on June 18 granted an extension to Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. on a deadline to build a 5.2-MW biogas power plant on its existing manufacturing site in the town of Whitecourt, Alberta.
Millar Western requested a time extension, from March 31, 2015, to Dec. 31, 2015, in order to complete construction of the power plant. Millar Western stated that additional time was required due to pipe fabrication delays being experienced in Alberta and its desire to avoid work during the costly winter construction season.
The source of fuel for the power plant will be biogas converted from the organic matter collected from the adjacent pulp mill effluent. If biogas production isn’t enough, natural gas will be substituted as fuel. The power plant will consist of two reciprocating engines. The energy produced by the power plant will be used solely by Millar Western pulp mill.