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The Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) engaged Allnorth to complete a Feasibility Study and Class 25 estimate for the direct costs associated with constructing a 40 MW (gross) power generation facility on their property adjacent to the NorSask Sawmill located near Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. The Meadow Lake Bioenergy Centre (MLBC) would use waste wood, also known as biomass, as a fuel to generate electricity, which would ultimately be sold to SaskPower.

The feasibility study base case included two boilers, an electrostatic precipitator, a steam turbine generator, and a six-cell air-cooled condenser. The fuel handling system comprised various grinders, conveyors, storage areas, and metering equipment. The remainder of the plan included buildings and foundations for facilities for water treatment, turbines, electrical systems, administration, and storage, among others. The plan and cost estimate accounted for a requirement for a high-voltage (72 kV) substation, 1000-metre transmission line, and utility connection to import/export the electricity produced in the plant and included a comparison of boiler technologies for a Bubbling Fluidized Bed (BFB) and combustor. Allnorth also prepared a preliminary Construction Environmental Management Plan.

On completion of the feasibility study, Allnorth provided the Meadow Lake Tribal Council with a complete engineering package containing documentation for civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and control engineering and environmental services. This work was completed under a very tight schedule.


  • Feasibility study
  • Class 25 Capital Cost Estimate
  • Detailed design engineering
  • Power generation facility design criteria
  • Electrical engineering and single line drawings
  • Preliminary fuel handling design and layout
  • Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP)


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