40 MW Biomass power plants in Fort St. James and Merritt, Canada
On the west coast of Canada, in the province of British Columbia, two of the largest biomass power plants in the country are being built.
The plants, which are located in areas with a large community of First Natios people, will each generate 40 MW of power and operate in extreme weather conditions (dropping to -46.5ºC). The main fuel used will wood residues from local sawmills, logging operations, and roadside debris.
The two plants will be equipped with steam turbine/ generators using “grate firing” combustion technology, one of the most reliable and sophisticated on the market.
Once operational, the plants will have the capacity to supply some 40,000 homes and avoid emissions to the atmosphere of some 570,000 tonnes per year of CO2.
The construction project for the two plants, under an EPC contracting arrangement, was awarderd to Iberdrola Ingeniería who in turn has contracted IDOM to develop the Detail Engineering for both plants.