Oneida selects biomass plant operator

By Anna Austin | February 13, 2012

Oneida Seven Generations Corp. has chosen PIC Group Inc. to operate and maintain its biomass gasification project currently underway in Green Bay, Wis.

The plant, dubbed the Oneida Seven Generations Renewable Energy Facility, will be located in an industrial area in the city’s west side and will consume 150 tons of municipal solid waste per day. Nonhazardous, nonrecyclable materials will be separated from the waste and gasified to generate 5 MW of electricity to be sold to Wisconsin Public Service.

Originally, Oneida proposed the project in Ashwaubenon, Wis., but voluntarily changed its location because of considerable local opposition. Final approval for the relocated plant was granted in November, as the U.S. DOE issued its environmental assessment findings of no significant impact, and the company expects operations to commence by the end of the year.

Joe Bono, PIC’s director of business development for operation and maintenance services, said the plant site has been cleared and support piers have been installed.  While PIC does not currently operate any other biomass plants, it has operated them in the past and is in the process of negotiating operation and maintenance (O&M) agreements for several others, he said.

PIC has also signed a seven-year agreement with Oneida to provide O&M services for its future projects that will utilize the same technology, and has an exclusive arrangement with AMP Ventures LLC of Houston, Texas, to operate its portfolio of biomass projects currently in development, according to Bono.