Canadian utility SaskPower has signed a letter of intent with a tribal council to negotiate terms for a 25-year purchase agreement for up to 36 MW of biomass power.

Known as the Meadow Lake Bioenergy Centre in northern Saskatchewan, the plant will use wood by-products from the NorSask Forest Products mill as fuel. The Government of Saskatchewan, SaskPower, and the First Nations Power Authority (FNPA) are working with the Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) to develop the project.

Rob Norris, the minister in charge of SaskPower, said: “This is the first project to come about through the support of FNPA, which reflects the vision of the Government of Saskatchewan to actively engage First Nations in the province’s growing economy.”

Norris said that he expects the power purchase deal to be completed later this year, and that the project is scheduled to be in service in early 2014.

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