Alberta commission okays delay for biogas-fired power project of Millar Western

The Alberta Utilities Commission on Oct. 19 approved a request by Millar Western Forest Products Ltd., the owner of a proposed 5.2-MW biogas-fired plant to be located on its existing manufacturing site in the town of Whitecourt, Alberta, for extra time to build that project.

Millar Western applied Sept. 23 with the commission requesting approval of a time extension to June 30, 2016, in order to complete construction of the power plant. Millar Western stated that additional time was required due to the detection of leaks in the concrete foundations of the three anaerobic-hybrid-digester tanks. Millar Western also stated that it had selected a contractor to execute the necessary repairs, a process that would delay the start-up of the anaerobic-hybrid-digester tanks by at least six weeks.

Millar Western submitted that the system would not be able to produce biogas of sufficient quality or quantity until the end of 2015 or early 2016, due to the repairs. Millar Western reiterated its full commitment to the bioenergy system that would meet its performance objectives. The power plant will consist of two reciprocating engines, with a total generating capacity of 5.2 MW.

Due to the nature of the application, a notice of application was not issued and, therefore, a hearing was not required. The commission found that Millar Western has demonstrated that the requested time extension is of a minor nature, but necessary in order for Millar Western to complete construction of the power plant.

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