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Irving files new registration for biomass plant


October 24, 2005
By Pulp & Paper Canada

J.D. Irving is preparing to submit a new EIA registration with the province of New Brunswick to relocate the biomas…

J.D. Irving is preparing to submit a new EIA registration with the province of New Brunswick to relocate the biomass energy plant across the street from the former shipyard site to a new location beside its paper mill in Saint John.

The revised proposal calls for a biomass energy plant that will displace a total of 210,000 barrels of oil annually and reduce related emissions of SO2, CO2, and total particulate matter (TPM).

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“Biomass energy is an environmentally responsible way to lower both energy costs and air emissions,” said Wayne Power, vice president. “Deploying biomass plants to targeted locations both in Saint John and other rural mill communities where we operate is a key focus of our energy strategy in light of rapidly rising energy costs.”

Under the new proposal, the plant will result in a 51.7% decrease in CO2 emissions over current levels. The biomass energy plant will produce 175,000 pounds per hour of steam and will be fueled by up to 200,000 green metric tonnes of forest residue from sawmills and woodlands operations.

The project involves a $30,000,000 capital expenditure and will create 26 new jobs, as well as 100 construction jobs in the Saint John area for a period of roughly six months.


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