The Burgess BioPower plant is a biomass power plant owned by Cate Street Capital and it is capable of producing 75MW and is located in the city of Berlin, New Hampshire. The facility is being commissioned with a commencement date in December 2013.
The facility will give the local area a boost of $25 million a year. The power plant is expected to create 40 full-time jobs at the plant. There will be further job opportunities for foresters, loggers and haulers.
Work started on the project in 2011 and it was hoped that the construction of the facility would take a year. Those forecasts were blown out by over 12 months and the number of construction workers required to complete the project was also greater than first expected.
Power Plant Facts In Brief
Location: Berlin, NH
Feedstock: Wood Chips
More Details About the Burgess BioPower Power Plant
The power plant will be capable of burning wood chips and other clean renewable biomass materials. The fuel will be sourced from surrounding areas.
The facility has been constructed to use state of the art wood-combustion technology. This makes it the most efficient possible, more so than comparable coal-fired facilities. The emissions that are produced by the plant are greatly reduced ensuring better air quality with reduced nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides and mercury emissions.
The power that will be produced by the plant will be sold to Public Service of New Hampshire under a 20-year agreement. The utility is the largest in the state. On top of this, Burgess BioPower has also been able to secure a 20 year fuel supply agreement and an ash disposal contract.
The concern that is being expressed by advocate groups comes over the distance that the fuel will be hauled over. The question points at the transport costs in terms of pollution and carbon costs and whether the power plant is actually cutting carbon creation.
The way in which the biomass is processed when it reaches the plant is as follows. The trucks are placed on truck dumpsters to tilt them so that the biomass is dumped. Once it is on the reclaim conveyor it is taken to the wood processing structure where it is screened and ground. The ground biomass is then moved to an A-frame conveyor and it oscillates back and forth so that it is piled underneath the conveyor. This processed biomass is finally loaded into the main boiler feed conveyor.
The location of the new power plant sits on the site of the closed Fraser Paper pulp mill. This particular facility closed in 2006 after 100 years of production. The closing of the pulp mill resulted in the loss of many local jobs. The construction of the new power plant created hundreds of jobs during the course of the project and will permanently provide employment opportunities.
To find out about other biomass power plants around the state of New Hampshire as well as the entire country please visit the Biomass Power Plants In the United States page.