Alberta again approves International Paper buy of 48-MW plant

The Alberta Utilities Commission on Nov. 25 approved a Nov. 7 application from International Paper Canada Pulp Holdings ULC for the transfer of ownership of a 48-MW plant in the Grande Prairie area from Weyerhaeuser Co. Ltd. to International Paper.

The ownership transfer was previously applied for under the assumed closing date of the sale transaction of on or about Nov. 1. That application was approved. However, International Paper then informed the commission that the closing date had been delayed. On Nov. 21, the commission received a letter from International Paper confirming a firm closing date of Dec. 1.

On July 11, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission okayed an 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. International Paper is a global paper and packaging company that owns forest products assets, including mills with on-site generation capacity as QFs. Weyerhaeuser is engaged in the business of forest products and owns forest and pulp product assets, including mills with on-site generation capacity as QFs.

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.

On May 2, International Paper announced it had signed a definitive agreement with Weyerhaeuser to acquire its pulp business. Under terms of the agreement, International Paper will acquire five pulp mills and two converting facilities that produce fluff pulp, softwood pulp, and specialty pulp for a number of consumer applications including diapers, other hygiene products, tissue, and textiles.

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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.