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 – or about 3% of Nova Scotia’s total electricity requirements.

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.

Through this project, Nova Scotia Power expects to create an estimated 150 new jobs in Northern Nova Scotia, primarily in the forestry sector, and approximately 50 person-years of employment during the construction phase.

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

“It creates and protects jobs in Nova Scotia, redirects spending on fuel from foreign suppliers to Nova Scotians, and helps meet our renewable energy goals,” McAdam said.