Minnesota Casino to install biomass boiler

By Staff | September 01, 2014

The White Earth Nation of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe was recently issued a minor new source review (NSR) construction permit by the U.S. EPA to install a biomass power system for its Shooting Star Casino and Event Center in Mahnomen, Minnesota.

The casino is located on the reservation of the White Earth Nation, which owns and operates the facility. Currently on site are two fuel oil-fired boilers and two propane-fired boilers that are used for space heating. The final minor NSR construction permit authorizes the construction of a new, 5 MMBtu/hr Solagen biomass-fired boiler, and establishes annual operating hour limitations on the new and existing boilers at the casino. The new biomass boiler will be used to provide heat to the hotel, casino and event center, while the existing four boilers will serve as a backup to the new biomass-fired boiler.

Fuel for the facility must be wood chips from conifer or deciduous trees, according to permit data. Mike Triplett, economic development department planner for the White Earth Reservation Tribal Council, said it would likely come from the greater Bemidji, Park Rapids area, but no contracts have been made yet.