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Boise, Centra Gas jointly develop cogeneration plant.

Boise, Centra Gas jointly develop cogeneration plant

A unique partnership in Fort Frances has developed and built a $100-million cogeneration plant which is expected to produce 100 megawatts of electricity annually.

The plant, a joint development involving Centra Gas (formerly ICG Utilities) and Boise Cascade Canada Ltd., is located at Boise Cascade's Fort Frances mill.

Although the plant is owned by Centra Gas, Boise Cascade employees operate and maintain the plant. The cogeneration facility is currently being integrated into Boise Cascade's existing power and recovery department and is expected to be fully operational in the middle of this month.

At press time, Boise Cascade operators were in the process of commissioning the plant and had the gas turbine and the boilers in operation.

"We were supposed to be up and running by the end of February, but every time we seem to go ahead we have to shut down and correct the bugs," said Wayne Allen, who is currently training as an operator at the plant.

The cogeneration plant converts natural gas into steam and electricity.

Ontario Hydro is purchasing all electrical power which is generated at the plant, while Boise Cascade is purchasing the high-pressure steam for use in the Fort Frances mill.

Boise Cascade will continue to purchase its electricity from Ontario Hydro.

The plant is expected to produce 100 megawatts of electricity per year and enough steam to completely satisfy the the forest giant's milling operations in Fort Frances, which can be as much as 800,000 pounds-per-hour, said Mark Caccamo, Boise Cascade's cogeneration co-ordinator.

The plant will accomplish this by converting as much as 21 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, depending on the season.

Among the benefits which Boise Cascade receives from the cogeneration plant is a more reliable power supply to its mill. In addition, Caccamo said Boise Cascade will "avoid any future costs associated with refurbishing or replacing the existing steam plant."

Caccamo said the Fort Frances cogeneration plant is the first of its type to be built in Canada.
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Title Annotation:Boise Cascade Canada Ltd.
Publication:Northern Ontario Business
Date:Mar 1, 1991
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