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Nova Scotia Grants Timber Rights For NewPage’s Biomass Electricity Project


December 1, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

NewPage Port Hawkesbury’s plan for a biomass-fueled electrical facility has cleared another hurdle. The company has received permission from the provincial government to sell harvested Crown- land tim…

NewPage Port Hawkesbury’s plan for a biomass-fueled electrical facility has cleared another hurdle. The company has received permission from the provincial government to sell harvested Crown- land timber to a proposed biomass-fueled electrical generation facility.

NewPage is only to use stem wood for the fuel supply, and is not permitted whole-tree harvesting for the biomass facility. Tree tops and limbs are to be left on the forest floor.

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“This consent recognizes the important role that biomass can play in helping the province meet its goal of reduced greenhouse-gas emissions,” says Tor Suther, president and general manager of NewPage Port Hawkesbury Corp.

The proposed project would involve installing a steam turbine to provide about 60 megawatts of electrical generating capacity to Nova Scotia Power, and use low-pressure steam to manufacture paper.

The company estimates the project could support 150 potential new jobs from harvesting, transporting and handling the biomass.


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