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.”