Alberta okays sale of 48-MW power plant to International Paper

The Alberta Utilities Commission on Sept. 29 approved an International Paper Canada Pulp Holdings ULC application to transfer ownership of a 48-MW plant in the Grande Prairie area from Weyerhaeuser Co. Ltd. to International Paper.

International Paper stated that it had entered into an agreement with Weyerhaeuser to purchase five pulp mills including the power plant. International Paper also stated that the transaction related to the power plant was anticipated to close on or about Nov. 1, 2016.

Said the Sept. 29 approval order: “Based upon the information provided, International Paper has demonstrated that it is eligible to hold the power plant approval in its name. The Commission grants approval of the requested ownership changes related to the power plant outlined in the application.”

This is not the only such approval. On July 11, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a May 6 application from Weyerhaeuser NR Co. and International Paper Co. for authorization for the acquisition by International Paper from Weyerhaeuser of four pulp mills and one modified fiber mill, which include five qualifying facilities (QFs) totaling 243.05 MW of QF generation.

Under the terms of a purchase agreement, this transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016. The five QFs have a total capacity of 243.05 MW. Of the total, 64 MW are located within the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) balancing authority area (BAA), 140.95 MW are located within the Southern Company Services (SOCO) BAA, and 38.1 MW are located within the Carolina Power & Light (CPLE) BAA.

The sites of the five mills with associated QFs are:

  • Columbus, Mississippi – The Columbus Facility is located in Lowndes County in Columbus, Mississippi, within the TVA BAA. The facility has a capacity of 64 MW.
  • Flint River, Georgia – The Flint River facilities are located within the SOCO BAA, and include two generating units: Turbine Generator No. 1 is a qualifying topping-cycle cogen and has a capacity of 43.75 MW; and Turbine Generator No. 2 is a condensing steam generator facility and has a capacity of 28 MW.
  • Port Wentworth, Georgia – The Port Wentworth Facility is located within the SOCO BAA. It is a qualifying cogeneration facility and has a capacity of 69.2 MW.
  • New Bern, North Carolina – The New Bern Facility is located within the CPLE BAA. It is a qualifying cogeneration facility and has a capacity of 38.1 MW.
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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.