NewPage Biomass Project

Biomass Co-generation Project Update

Plenty of activity continues behind the scenes since the final ‘go-ahead’ was given by Nova Scotia Power on November 1st to proceed with the 60-MW biomass co-generation facility. Construction is expected to take approximately two years with commissioning during the fourth quarter of 2012.

The engineering project office is currently in Halifax where NewPage corporate project manager, Donald Dodds, is working with Tom Mader of the engineering design and construction firm AMEC. Roger Cormier is presently the NSPI site representative; others will be on site once construction begins. Renovations to accommodate the project office at the mill will begin early next year.

More construction activity will take place early in the new year at the plant in Port Hawkesbury with the demolition of the old maintenance shop on the west side of Dept. 5 Steam Plant. A new shop will be built by local construction firm, Allsteel, at the former evaporation concentrator building.

A significant milestone was the ordering of the steam turbine generator from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The steam turbine, similar to one pictured here, will be built in Japan and is expected to arrive in the spring of 2012.

About the Co-gen Project

NSPI is making a total investment of $208 Million which involves the purchase of certain mill assets, including the existing boiler and fuel chip conveyor system. In return, NewPage is responsible for the construction and operation of the new facility.

NewPage confirms Biomass Project for Port Hawkesbury

On October 14, 2010, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board approved the 60MW biomass project at the Port Hawkesbury mill in Point Tupper: We are pleased that the project has been approved and are confident that it will benefit the forestry industry in our province, the environment, and the economy in many rural communities. In particular, we expect that the project will:

  • Create an estimated 150 new jobs in Northern Nova Scotia, primarily in the forestry sector, in addition to supporting the Port Hawkesbury mill's existing workforce of approximately 550 employees. As well, approximately 50 person-years of employment will also be created during the construction phase.
  • Represent another important step toward meeting Nova Scotia's renewable energy commitments - approximately 3% of the province's total electricity requirement.

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 has used biomass sustainably since the early 1980s, and is the only company in Canada to achieve all three forest management certifications: Canadian Standards Association, Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Forest Stewardship Council.

We look forward to making this project a reality and will work with Nova Scotia Power, the communities in which we operate, and our many partners in the coming months, as we move into the construction phase. As we move forward, we will continue to provide project updates.

To view the UARB decision in full, please visit: