Nova Scotia Power, an energy and services company, is proceeding with a 60MW biomass co-generation facility in partnership with NewPage Port Hawkesbury having received the approval from the Nova Scotia Utility & Review Board for the plant.

The $208m biomass co-generation facility, which is expected to be operational in early 2013, is estimated to produce about 400GWh of energy a year.

The biomass power plant, which will use ‘stem wood’ as feedstock to make electricity following sustainable forestry management practices, will be constructed and operated by NewPage that will also take the responsibility of fuel supply for the facility.

Nova Scotia Power executive vice president of sustainability Robin McAdam said that this development in cooperation with NewPage provides benefits for all ratepayers.