April 2, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The environmental impact assessment (EIA) application by NB Power for continued operation of Unit 3 to co-fire petroleum coke and heavy fuel oil at the Coleson Cove generating station has been approved by the Department of Environment.
"We are very pleased to have received approval in three months following a year of successful demonstration tests with this fuel blend," said Wayne Snowdon, vice-president of generation. "This would not have been possible without the co-operation of the community and other stakeholders. As a result, this innovative solution will provide us with a feasible, lower-cost fuel option that will benefit New Brunswickers during these economic challenges."
The demonstration project for conversion of Unit 3 to enable the co-firing of petroleum coke and No. 6 fuel oil was the subject of an EIA review and approval in winter 2007/spring 2008. During testing, which started in March 2008, results showed that emission levels are favourable, existing environmental technology is working well, and there has been no detrimental effect on existing equipment as a result of burning the new fuel blend.
The Coleson Cove generating station is the largest generating station in the NB Power system. It provides one-third of the energy requirements for New Brunswick during the winter months.
The NB Power Group employs more than 2,500 New Brunswickers, and consists of a holding company and four operating companies. The group operates a diverse network of generating stations consisting of nuclear-, hydro-, coal-, oil- and diesel-powered stations, with an installed net capacity of 3,959 MW. The NB Power Group is committed to serving more than 375,000 customers in New Brunswick with safe, reliable and efficient electricity.
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