Fire in Fort St. James biomass plant sparks lawsuit

By Mark Nielsen
The Prince George Citizen
December 15, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

FORT ST. JAMES, BC — The former owner of a biomass power plant in Fort St. James is laying the blame for a fire on the company hired to build the facility. Iberdrola Energy Projects Canada Corporation… are named as defendants in a notice of claim Fort St. James Green Energy Partnership filed December 8 in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. The plaintiff is seeking damages related to the cost of repairing the damage. It says that on or about Dec. 31, 2019 a surge capacitor in the plant’s main termination box “failed”. …In July 2021, the owners announced they were no longer operating the plant, which had employed 38 people. In  October 2021, BioNorth Energy… announced a plan to restart the facility. At that point, the 40-megawatt plant still had 26 years left on an electricity purchase agreement with BC Hydro, and there is a forest licence associated with it. 

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