Biomass power plant update to be given at chamber luncheon
Posted 03 - 23 - 2009
Pictured is the Fourth Friday Luncheon speaker Stephen McInnis.

Nacogdoches Power Fuel Procurement Manager Stephen McInnis will give a project update on what will be the nation's largest biomass power plant at Fourth Friday Luncheon, noon to 1 p.m., Mar. 27 at Hotel Fredonia. The luncheon is hosted by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce.

According to McInnis, the presentation will give insight in to who is behind the project, provide key updates on the project including estimated construction start date and will provide and open forum for questions and answers.

McInnis has the primary responsibility of securing fiber fuel supply contracts for the Nacogdoches Power project. His experience in and around fuel unloading and handling systems will also help ensure that wood yard engineering designs appropriately match available fuel resources. Once Nacogdoches Power is operational, McInnis will be the fuel procurement manager responsible for fuel supply sourcing, pricing and logistics.

“We have worked with Nacogdoches Power for a number of years, and to see this green energy project going forward is exciting,” said Ed Pool, chairman of the board of directors, NEDCO. “This project will benefit the county and the East Texas area in many ways. Initially, as many 300 construction jobs will be created for a 24 to 30 month period. In operation, the plant will employ from 60 to 100 full-time staff. We know now that Cushing ISD tax base will increase. Plus, the operation will bolster our timber industry once the 80 to 100 loads of fuel chips are required from local suppliers on a daily basis.”

Luncheon attendee reservations are required by Mar. 26. Please call the Nacogdoches County Chamber, 936-560-5533, or go to www.nacogdoches.org for a registration form. Lunch is $16 at the door.

McInnis graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in forestry in 1991. He is a Certified Forester with the Society of American Foresters, a member of the Texas Forestry Association and a Texas Tree Farm Inspector. His wife Angela and their daughter Allison and he reside in Jasper, Tex.

McInnis most recently worked for six years as assistant wood procurement manager in a pulp and paper environment with MeadWestvaco in Evadale, Tex. Additionally he had responsibilities for fiber fuel procurement for the paper mill's two wood-fired power boilers which together consumed 800,000 tons annually. Prior to that Stephen worked for 12 years in wood procurement in a solid wood environment with Temple-Inland buying both standing and delivered logs for various saw mills and chip mills.

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