Halifax, April 5, 2010 — Nova Scotia Power and NewPage Port Hawkesbury Corp. agreed to develop a new 60 MW biomass cogeneration facility.
The development entails an NSPI investment of $200 million. This includes $93 million in construction costs for new facilities, $80 million to purchase assets from NewPage, and other related costs.
NewPage will be responsible for the construction and operation of the cogeneration facility and be completely responsible for fuel supply.
This project remains subject to regulatory approval from the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board and is targeting an in-service date of late 2012.
The proposed cogeneration project represents another important step toward meeting Nova Scotia’s renewable energy commitments while at the same time creating and sustaining jobs in the province.
This local biomass fueled cogeneration facility could supply Nova Scotians with about 400 GWh annually, representing about 3 percent of the province’s total electricity requirement.
The project is expected to create an estimated 150 new jobs in Northern Nova Scotia, primarily in the forestry sector, in addition to maintaining the Port Hawkesbury mill’s existing workforce of about 550 employees.
Only stem wood will be used in the project’s biomass energy generation. Tree stumps, tops and branches will not be removed from the forest floor as they are necessary in restoring nutrients in the soil so new trees can grow.
NewPage Port Hawkesbury has used biomass sustainably since the early 1980s, and is the only company in the world to achieve all three forest management certifications; Canadian Standards Association, Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Forest Stewardship Council.
Nova Scotia Power Inc. is a unit of Emera Inc., a diversified energy and services company. Nova Scotia Power provides more than 95 percent of the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power to 486,000 customers in the province. The company is focused on new technologies to enhance customer service and reliability, reduce emissions and add renewable energy. Nova Scotia Power has 1,900 employees and $3.5 billion in assets.