Conversion of Ontario's Atikokan Generating Station to 100% biomass to be handled by Doosan Power Systems under C$170M contract, with completion slated for 2014

Allison Oesterle

Allison Oesterle

Oct 9, 2012 – Doosan Power Systems

CRAWLEY, England , September 28, 2012 (press release) – Doosan Power Systems (DPS) has successfully secured a contract for the conversion of a 227MWe lignite fired boiler to 100% biomass at the Atikokan Generating Station. Working closely with Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Doosan Power Systems will be applying their extensive experience with biomass combustion in coal plants to deliver a fuel firing system that will achieve full megawatt output of the plant. The scope of work will comprise mechanical, electrical and instrumentation services in order to successfully convert to biomass ahead of 2014 legislation mandating the closure of coal burning plants in the Province of Ontario. The Atikokan GS plant will be the largest capacity 100 per cent biomass fuelled power plant in North America. It will supply renewable, dispatchable, peak capacity power.

The $170-million Atikokan GS biomass conversion will provide renewable electricity generated from a sustainable fuel recognized as beneficial to climate change mitigation. The conversion will also create around 200 construction jobs, help to protect existing jobs at the plant, and revitalize the local forestry industry.

Jean-Michel Aubertin, CEO of Doosan Power Systems said, “This new project demonstrates our commitment to developing clean energy solutions globally for both new and existing power plants. We are delighted to be working on the Atikokan GS plant biomass conversion with OPG to provide greener, cleaner, reliable energy to the region.

The project includes plant modifications to provide full capacity and the construction of a fuel storage and handling system, the construction activities will ramp up over the summer of 2013 with the project expected to be completed in 2014.

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