Veolia and the Canadian Investment Fund, Fengate Capital Management Ltd., are developing a biomass power plant in Merritt, British Columbia (Canada). It's one of the largest biomass plants in North America, with an electricity capacity of 40 MW. The plant will convert 307,000 metric tons of biomass per year, converting sawmill and logging waste from the British Columbia forestry industry as well as trees killed by the mountain pine beetle epidemic.
The electricity produced by the waste will supply electricity to BC Hydro & Power Authority to power almost 40,000 Canadian households. Once operational, it will avoid the annual discharge of around 95,000 metric tons of CO2 – the equivalent of more than 45,000 cars off the road.
The Merritt plant and a new Fort St. James facility are both developed with Fengate. Under a Design, Finance, Build, Operate and Maintain contract, Veolia is providing the industrial management and maintenance of the facilities as well as biomass supply and preparation services.
The project will also create around 250 jobs during the construction phase and 80 new direct and indirect jobs during the plant’s 30-year operation. In fact, Veolia is looking to fill key positions.