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January 10, 2005
SNC-Lavalin Power to build biomass power plant
VANCOUVER, BC-SNC-Lavalin Power, a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin Group, has signed a $142-million (U.S.) contract with Fibrominn LLC for the engineering, procurement and construction of a nominal 50-megawatt (MW) biomass-fueled power plant in the city of Benson, Minnesota. The plant will use poultry litter as its primary fuel, which will be supplied by various producers. Klaus Triendl, president of SNC-Lavalin International, said, "This project...gives the poultry industry an alternative method of disposing of poultry waste, it will provide additional electricity to the Northern States Power Grid, and it will create some new job opportunities around the city of Benson, which has signed a development agreement to provide services to the plant." Work on the new power plant has started, and it is expected to be in initial operation in the first quarter of 2007. "This will be the first U.S. power plant to use poultry litter as its primary fuel," said SNC-Lavalin Power vice-president Dave Parsons.