Biomass work set to step up

Work carries on at the site of the new AbitibiBowater biomass boiler, with the project still on track to fire up this October, mill manager John Harrison said yesterday.
“We’re on schedule,” he said. “The height of the building you see now is as tall as the building’s going to be. We’re substantially done the steel erection.
“We expect to get the steam drum here and up in place next week.”
He added boiler components, such as boiler tubes and pieces of stoker, to name but two, have been arriving throughout the winter and continue to come in.
“Things are going to start picking up here pretty soon,” Harrison said. “They’ll get the steam drum lifted up into place, and get the mud drum in after that. Then you’re going to get to see more activity.
“In the next month or so, you’re going to see more activity around the site.”
Harrison also said more workers have started to arrive in town to work on the biomass boiler, and still more will be coming closer to the spring construction season.
Work on the project began last summer when the foundation was built.
Construction of the steel framework of the biomass boiler building got underway in September and continued throughout the winter, in anticipation of the boiler parts arriving this spring.
Harrison reiterated the completion date for the biomass boiler project still is October, 2008.
As previously reported, the biomass boiler project is an $84.3-million investment by AbitibiBowater and the province, converting the co-gen facility from natural gas to biomass fuel to reduce energy costs, enhance profitability, and create up to 100 new full-time jobs while retaining more than 1,000 positions in the mill and district woodlands.