Nova Scotia

Energy from waste proposed for Northside hospital

A Cape Breton hospital may one day get its power from organic waste and sewage.

A Cape Breton hospital may one day get its power from organic waste and sewage.

Halifax-based BioGas Energy Inc. plans to build a $6-million plant in the Harbourside Industrial Park in Sydney.

The company has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Cape Breton District Health Authority requiring it to buy energy to operate Northside General Hospital.

"Our objective there would be to replace about a million litres of No. 2 fuel oil with methane," said David Miller, BioGas vice-president of business development.

The process would involve using organic waste from institutions and businesses in the area, in addition to sewage from the Battery Point collector.

Miller said BioGas is negotiating with investors and isn't looking for government funding. If all goes according to plan, construction would start in the fall.

The plant would employ 10 people.

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