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Canadian province commits land for energy projects

In Canada the New Brunswick government is setting aside land for biomass projects, enough to replace about 200 million litres of oil.

More than 1.2 million m3 of the province's branches, tree tops and foliage are to be allocated to forest products companies generating energy and value-added products.

The Department of Natural Resources is to announce that eight proposals out of 16 submitted by industry firms have been awarded Crown biomass allocations that will bring in about CA$975,000 (€777,700) in revenue for the government this year.

Twin Rivers Paper received the largest allocation, 308,000m3, for the paper company's Edmundston co-generation facility. The guaranteed supply of Crown biomass could represent up to 35% of the facility's fibre needs.

Other projects awarded biomass this year include: 272,000m3 for energy production at AV Cell Inc.'s Atholville mill; 221,000m3 for a planned cogeneration facility at AV Nackawic Inc.'s Nackawic mill; 139,000m3 for a future cogeneration facility at J.D. Irving, Limited's Lake Utopia Paper mill in St. George; 138,0090m3 for Irving Pulp and Paper Ltd.'s cogeneration facility at its Saint John plant; 76,000m3 for Irving Paper Ltd. for cogeneration in Saint John; 62,000m3 to integrate into value-added products at Groupe Savoie Inc.'s Saint-Quentin facility; and 60,000m3 for the J.D. Irving, Limited mill in Chipman.