Canada: OPG signs black biomass deal with Arbaflame
Arbaflame to deliver up to 7 500 ton torrified or steam treated black pellets to Canada’s Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to supply its 150 MW Thunder Bay plant. The volume is likely to increase when the plant is operational in the second quarter 2015.
Plant manager Chris Fralick says that they initially are seeking 15 000 t/y but the consumption may increase later.
The plant will be operational in the second quarter 2015.
The Thunder Bay Generating Station is located in the City of Thunder Bay, next to the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority’s Mission Island Marsh. First placed in service in 1963, it is the oldest of OPG’s five thermal electricity-generating stations.
Thunder Bay’s role is to provide reliability during peak demand times and back up electricity generation when other sources are not available.
In November 2013, the Ontario Government announced that the station would be converted to use advanced biomass as fuel.