Brooklyn Power Corporation will soon be expanding its generating capacity. Parent company Resolute Forest Products is in the initial stages to add a topping turbine, which will capture energy from the steam that goes from the plant to the Bowater Mersey mill.
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Spokesperson Robin Anthony says it is still in the early stages of planning, so many of the details aren’t available yet. However Anthony says it will help make the mill more viable in the future.
“It will create additional revenue for the mill,” she says.
Brooklyn power generates its electricity through biomass, which is primarily made up of wood waste such as bark from sawmill operations. The steam produced by generating the power is fed into the Bowater Mersey mill for their paper making operation.
The power plant can generate up to 21 megawatts at the moment, and employs 28 people. The proposed expansion could generate an additional 3.3 megawatts.
Funds for the topping turbine are coming from the loan from the provincial government announced in December. Out of the $25 million, $7 million was earmarked for the turbine.