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Thursday, March 25, 2010

We Energies selects builder for Rothchild project

From an article by Pete Bach in the Green Bay Press Gazette:

APPLETON — The Boldt Company announced Tuesday it will provide all construction services for We Energies' new 50 megawatt biomass cogeneration plant at the Domtar Corp. paper mill in Rothschild near Wausau.

The total project cost was pegged at $255 million.

"We're excited about that," said Bob DeKoch, Boldt president and chief operating officer. "We Energies is a great customer of ours and has been for a long time."
We Energies, the Milwaukee-based provider of electricity and natural gas to more than 1 million customers, said the project will create about 400 construction jobs and 150 permanent jobs.

DeKoch said the company will hire some new field craftsmen. The company believes the project management staff and engineering staff are sufficient to handle the job.
"We plan the work with all our customers and particularly our repeat customers so we make sure we have capacity available for them," DeKoch said.

Boldt's most recent work with We Energies was the 145 megawatt Blue Sky Green Field Wind Energy Center in Fond du Lac County.

We Energies filed a petition March 15 to seek approval from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission for the Domtar plant, said WE spokeswoman Irissol Arce.
Construction will begin next spring if the PSC gives the green light by the end of the year, she said. On that timetable, the plant would be complete in the first half of 2013, We Energies said.

The facility is designed to use forest residue, clean wood waste and wood shavings to generate electricity and steam in sufficient amounts to assist Domtar's paper making operations and wean the Montreal-based firm off fossil fuels.

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