Gunns proposed pulp mill power station
The ill-fated proposal by Gunns to build a new pulp mill in the Tamar valley incorporated a wood fired power station. A report proposing a major expansion of Tasmania's forest industry stated that it would "would burn lignin and waste as part of the production process to generate more than 180 MW. The excess green-rated power (about 50 per cent of total capacity) is equivalent to the current electricity demands of the greater Launceston area." Gunns itself stated that "the Pulp Mill will generate 180 MW of electricity from sustainable biomass each year. Around 90 MW will be used to power the operations and the remaining 90 MW will go into the electricity grid, replacing energy largely produced from burning coal and gas."
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