Nova Scotia Power soliciting bids for biomass fuel, services

By Erin Voegele | September 20, 2012

Nova Scotia Power Inc. is soliciting bids from biomass suppliers to provide fuel and related services for its 60 MW biomass plant, which is expected to be operational in the spring of 2013. According to the company, it expects to purchase approximately 500,000 metric tons of biomass per year to fuel the plant. The Request for Expressions of Interest and Qualifications officially opened on Sept. 20. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 5.

“Supplying local biomass fuel to the new plant will create an opportunity to generate economic activity, particularly for central and eastern Nova Scotia communities,” said Mark Sidebottom, vice president of power generation and delivery for NSPI. “The energy from this plant will play a role in meeting the province’s renewable electricity goals. We look forward to receiving expressions of interest from potential suppliers around the province, who are committed to using sustainable harvesting practices and being part of economic growth in our communities.”

According to the RFEIQ, all biomass fuels used by the facility must be derived from sustainable sources. It also states that NCPI will require suppliers to provide proof of origin of all biomass materials, and proof that all material is produced in accordance with applicable provincial policy and regulations. Regarding biomass produced from forest harvesting operations, NCPI said priority will be given to biomass that meets Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody criteria.

NSPI said that it specifically intends to seek proposals for the supply of biomass that is comprised of secondary forest biomass, hardwood chips from sawmill operations, primary forest biomass delivered as roundwood, deadwood from salvage harvests delivered as roundwood or chips, primary forest biomass delivered as chips or ground material, and other biomass, such as wood construction waste or agricultural waste.

According to NSPI, it is also seeking expressions of interest from organizations that can offer certain services to the project, including roundwood chipping and fuel chip delivery. The company is also seeking roundwood unloading, transportation services, management services for biomass procurement and plant fuel handling services, among others.

A copy of the RFEIQ can be downloaded from the NSPI website