Loud noises coming from the Halifax County biomass plant are temporary

September 10, 2013

Contact: NOVEC Public Relations, 1-888-335-0500, customerservice@novec.com

MANASSAS, Va. – NOVI Energy is testing the NOVEC Energy Production, Halifax County Biomass Plant it has been developing near South Boston, Va., for plant owner Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative, and officials say that as testing is completed, the noise associated with steam venting for this phase will be complete.

“It is necessary to vent steam while starting up the unit in order to achieve stringent steam quality,” explains Fred Mistal, an independent contractor working for NOVEC. “We’re aware that the sound has been prolonged and we apologize for the annoyance. We appreciate our neighbors’ patience and ask that they bear with us this week. If testing continues without delay, it is anticipated that this phase of steam venting will be over soon. When steam quality has been attained it will be directed to the turbine for electricity production.”

Mistal explains “that starting up a steam generating station for the first time, along with testing, is a standard operating procedure, once testing is complete and the plant is running commercially, steam venting will only occur for short durations during restart of the unit after periodic outages.” 

The NOVEC Energy Production, Halifax County Biomass Plant, which also does business as South Boston Energy, will generate up to 49.9 megawatts of renewable electricity for NOVEC. It is located on a 104-acre site in the Halifax County Industrial Park behind the South Boston Speedway on James D. Hagood Highway.

“NOVEC is intent on being good neighbors,” Mistal says. “The project has already contributed to Southside Virginia’s economy by employing more than 500 construction workers, and has employed 26 full-time operations and maintenance personnel.

About NOVI Energy 

NOVI Energy is an entrepreneurial company that provides a broad range of services in energy infrastructure project development and energy consulting for utility, industrial, institutional and commercial clients across the United States and the world. For more information, visit www.novienergy.com or call 248-735-6684.

NOVEC, headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, is a not-for-profit electric utility corporation that supplies and distributes electricity and energy-related services to approximately 160,000 metered customers in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, and Clarke counties, the Town of Clifton, and the City of Manassas Park. It is one of the largest electric companies of its kind in the nation.  For more information, visit www.novec.com or call 703-335-0500 or 1-888-335-0500.

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