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Talks continue over Nova Scotia biomass plant

Hearings for a new biomass plant proposed for Nova Scotia, Canada, by Nova Scotia Power and NewPage, have begun.

The $200 million (€152.9 million) cogeneration facility is facing opposition from groups claiming that it would result in high levels of deforestation. Plans cannot go ahead until the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board approve the project.

If approved the plant, planned for the Cape Brenton paper mill, would process 650,000 tonnes of biomass a year for the generation of 60MW of energy. This is enough to fulfil 3% of Nova Scotia’s total power consumption.

The results of the hearing are expected by 30 July 2010.