West Fraser Timber Company to install 13 MW biomass plant, sell power to utility

West Fraser Timber Company will generate 13 MW of power for its British Columbia plant and the province as a whole, using wood chips converted to biomass fuel.

The wood products company has signed a deal with Pratt & Whitney Power Systems, which will deliver a biomass heat recovery power plant, comprising two Turboden 65 HRS Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbogenerators, to West Fraser’s Chetwynd Forest Industries plant. The timber company has a 20-year electricity purchase agreement to sell 180 GWh/year of wood biomass, from two sites, to utility company BC Hydro.

Turboden is a company of Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

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