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Sneak Peek: Inside The Atikokan Biomass Plant Conversion

Sneak Peek: Inside The Atikokan Biomass Plant Conversion

Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Atikokan Generating Station opened in 1985, the newest of OPG's thermal fleet, a single-unit site with a little more than 200 MW output. In tandem with Ontario's decree to eliminate coal-fired electricity generation (Regulation 496/07), Atikokan is converting to biomass with wood pellets . The conversion is about halfway through completion and the company anticipates the plant coming back online in mid-2014. Atikokan cost nearly $800 million to build back in the 80s when it first opened as a coal plant. Shortening its operating lifetime to just 27 years was a tough economic pill to swallow, noted Darcey Bailey, engineering manager for the Atikokan biomass conversion who also grew up in the town. For an extra $170 million investment they're guaranteed another 10 years and likely much more, which he noted was "an easy case to make." OPG's pre...

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