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Maine DEP issues permit for torrefied wood facility at Cate Street Capital paper mill

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Maine DEP issues permit for torrefied wood facility at Cate Street Capital paper mill

October 01, 2012 - 10:29
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MILLINOCKET, ME, Oct. 1, 2012 (Bangor Daily News) -New England's first torrefied wood facility received its final Maine Department of Environmental Protection permit, clearing the way for construction of a $48 million facility, 25 full-time jobs and possibly the birth of a nationwide industry, officials said Thursday.

Cate Street Capital plans to open the Thermogen Industries LLC plant at the site of its Millinocket paper mill, which the company bought in October 2011, in the fall of 2013. The company's goal: to use about 240,000 to 250,000 tons of wood wastes to produce 110,000 tons of torrefied wood per year at its Katahdin Avenue mill site. The plant's customers - coal-fired power plants in Europe and the United Kingdom - will use the torrefied wood to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

A type of microwaved wood pellet that burns as hot as coal without coal's pollutants, torrefied wood burns about 30 percent hotter than typical wood pellets.

Bangor Daily News - Millinocket torrefied wood facility gets final DEP permit

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