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Biogreen to move forward with biomass power plant

The construction of a 25MW biomass power plant proposed for Oregon, US, can now move forward after the La Pine, Oregon, city council denied an appeal against the project. Renewable energy developer Biogreen Sustainable Energy is behind the plans.

Around 25,000 bone dry tonnes (BDT) of the biomass utilised at the plant will be forest thinning materials from Biogreen’s own timberland holdings located approximately 30 miles southeast of the project.

The remainder of the biomass will be sourced from two recycling centres, also owned by Biogreen. The plant will be able to handle 164,000BDT of biomass annually.

Speaking about the appeal rejection the company’s president Rob Broberg said: ‘This is a big project and you’ll always have issues from people that you cannot make happy no matter what you do. But our success came when we acknowledged the issues that were being raised and designed the plant accordingly.’

Construction of the Deschutes County-based facility, which is expected to cost in the region of $75 million (€56 million), will start this spring.