Canada’s Atikokan gen­er­at­ing sta­tion is op­er­a­tional with biomass


On­tario, Canada, is now home to North Amer­ica’s largest power plant fu­elled com­pletely by biomass. The Atikokan unit is now gen­er­at­ing elec­tric­ity and help­ing meet lo­cal power needs in north­west­ern On­tario.

Atikokan gen­er­at­ing sta­tion, which em­ploys 70 full-time work­ers, burned its last coal, two years ago in Septem­ber 2012. Con­ver­sion of the sta­tion be­gan in mid2012 and in­cluded con­struc­tion of two si­los and boiler mod­i­fi­ca­tions to ac­com­mo­date the biomass. The project em­ployed over 200 highly skilled trades peo­ple and tech­ni­cal work­ers. A coal-free en­ergy mix will lead to a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in harm­ful emis­sions, cleaner air and a health­ier en­vi­ron­ment. The biomass used to fuel Atikokan gen­er­at­ing sta­tion is be­ing har- vested and pro­cessed in On­tario. Do­mes­tic sup­pli­ers have lever­aged this op­por­tu­nity to se­cure con­tracts to pro­vide pel­lets to in­ter­na­tional buy­ers.

Bob Chiarelli, Min­is­ter of En­ergy, said, “Atikokan’s suc­cess­ful con­ver­sion to biomass will put On­tario on the world map as a leader in us­ing this sus­tain­able fuel source for elec­tric­ity pro­duc­tion.”

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