Washington – Adage, a biopower joint venture between Areva and Duke Energy, announced last week that it signed a long-term biomass fuel supply agreement with Green Diamond Resource Company, who owns and manages timberland in the immediate area. The $250 million Adage biomass power plant will be located in an area of Washington state called Shelton, which is just southeast of Seattle, Washington.
Through this agreement, a portion of the woody biomass for the Adage Mason County facility would come from wood residuals, the material that remains in the forest after harvest operations. Green Diamond Forestry will remove the woody biomass, ensuring compliance with Washington forest practice regulations and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard, according to the company.
The proposed 55-megawatt Mason County biomass power facility is expected to create more than 400 direct jobs during construction and more than 100 permanent operations jobs either at the plant itself or through the economic commerce it will generate once it is complete, said Areva in a blog post.
Like many proposed power plants, the project is facing opposition from surrounding neighbors who worry about the health and economic implications of having a biomass power plant near where they live.