Alberta commission grants delay for small biomass power project

BioRefinex Canada Inc. won a March 27 approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission for a deadline delay on a small power project.

BioRefinex had applied in 2011 with the Alberta commission for approval to construct and operate a 1.426-MW power plant located in Lacombe, Alberta. It was approved in 2012. BioRefinex in October 2013 asked the commission for approval of a time extension in order to complete construction of the plant. The commission approved the time extension to March 31, 2015. BioRefinex requested another time extension for the project on March 10, moving the deadline back from March 31, 2015, to Dec. 31, 2016.

BioRefinex stated that the need for the time extension was due to the unforeseen market conditions that caused an inability to complete the project financing necessary to move ahead with construction of the project. BioRefinex further submitted that project development is progressing well and once finalized, the construction phase would begin.

This would be a 1.426-MW biomass-to-energy facility, fueled by biomass derived from animal by-products and organic waste. it would be located in the Wolf Creek Industrial Park in Lacombe, Alberta. The major equipment would include a thermal hydrolysis reactor, a steam generator, a cooling system, raw material receiving equipment, a solids de-watering and drying system, anaerobic digesters, a biogas desulphurization system and a cogeneration unit.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.