PORT ANGELES, WA, Nov. 29, 2013 (Press Release) -On November 29, 2013 at 6:57 p.m. Nippon Paper Industries USA in Port Angeles WA, successfully synchronized its 20MW GE generator to the grid. The $85MM CoGeneration project has been under construction on the Port Angeles site since June 2011. The CoGen project will operate at a very high thermal efficiency and will consume biomass residual from local sawmills, log export peelers and forest slash. Steam from the dual extraction GE turbine will be used in the adjoining two paper machine mill, aiding thermal efficiency. The FSE boiler runs at 900 psi and the local AWPPW Union operators took and passed a detailed Power Plant Theory training program prior to taking over the controls.
The Port Angeles paper mill has been in continuous operation since 1920 and today produces approximately 160,000 tons of lightweight uncoated mechanical paper grades for domestic and offshore sales. The 20MW of electricity produced by the generator is considered "Green Energy" and qualifies for the renewable portfolio standards of local States. NPIUSA has signed agreements with a transmission provider to be able to offer the 20MW to a variety of west coast locations.
NPIUSA thanks Gary Holmquist - CoGen Project Manager, the CoGen Team mill employees, numerous contractors, suppliers, and ancillary support groups who have worked since 2010 to bring this project to fruition in Port Angeles.