CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A new plant in Berlin, N.H., that converts wood to power is set for a mid-December opening.
State and company officials predict the Burgess BioPower plant will inject a $25-million-a-year boost into the North Country's economy. The region has been hard hit as a half-dozen paper mills have closed in the face of rising costs and overseas competition.
The $275 million plant is expected to create about 40 full-time jobs plus spinoff jobs for foresters, loggers and haulers. During construction, some 600 jobs were created, 200 more than projected.
The 75-megawatt plant will produce enough electricity to power 75,000 homes. Its boilers will use 750,000 tons of "biomass" a year, burning just about every part of a tree that can't be turned into a board.
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