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First woodchips delivered to Burgess BioPower plant

Commissioning has begun at the 75MW Burgess BioPower plant in Berlin, New Hampshire as it received its first delivery of woodchips in August.

The power plant cost $273 million (€205 million) to build. It is located on the site of the Burgess Pulp Mill and has been designed to consume 750,000 tonnes of wood biomass annually — around 100 truckloads of woodchips a day.

The biomass plant is equipped with both a biomassfired bubbling fluidised-bed boiler and a new air quality control system. Public Service of New Hampshire has a 20-year power purchase agreement in place.

Babcox and Wilcox Construction was the main contractor for the project and the milestone meant it was able to test one of the three new truck dumpers at one of the two onsite tipping stations in the fully automated wood yard as part of its commissioning process.

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Arnold Dale and Fanny-Pomme Langue, Bioenergy Insight, Sept.-Oct. 2013