Maine Sawmill Aims To Bring New Biomass Plant Online Next Year

Plans to construct a biomass plant on the Robbins Lumber Inc. property are moving forward with work already under way on some portions of the project. The 8.5-megawatt biomass plant, which has a net 7.5-megawatt generating capacity, will burn bark, wood chips and sawdust to power a steam turbine to generate electricity. Waste heat from […]

Plans to construct a biomass plant on the Robbins Lumber Inc. property are moving forward with work already under way on some portions of the project.

The 8.5-megawatt biomass plant, which has a net 7.5-megawatt generating capacity, will burn bark, wood chips and sawdust to power a steam turbine to generate electricity. Waste heat from the plant would be used to dry lumber and heat buildings at the sawmill.

Sited to the south of the company’s existing office buildings and sawmill, the new plant will be constructed on an already developed area on the property. It is not expected to impact access to the property or internal traffic flow.

In addition, the Robbins’s state in their application the most significant noise generating piece of equipment associated with the biomass plant is an induction fan. That fan is located inside a building and the noise it generates will be muffled.

Catherine Robbins-Halsted said construction has already begun on two components of the project – cooling towers and a twin dump station. The two facilities are being built now, Robbins-Halstead said, because they are needed by the sawmill but the biomass plant will also use the equipment.

From The Republican Journal: http://waldo.villagesoup.com/p/robbins-family-aims-to-bring-new-biomass-plant-online-next-year/1622650

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