Erving Paper Mill during construction of the new CHP.

Pioneer CHP Facility at Erving Completes Testing and Goes Online

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

By Waldron
Press Release

Erving, MA – The new combined, heat and power (CHP) facility at Erving Paper Mill designed by Waldron Engineering & Construction successfully completed its first 4,000 hours of operation in June.  In addition to achieving the emissions, energy efficiency, and economic targets the Mill had hoped to achieve with the project, the CHP system has already transitioned successfully to island mode operation on multiple occasions in response to disruptions in the power quality of the utility grid.

Waldron executed the design and construction of this fast-track project that uses compressed natural gas delivered in trucks as the primary fuel, with two alternative back-up fuels and includes black start and island mode capability. The project was implemented as a means of improving the Mill’s reliability, and increasing its energy efficiency while reducing its overall cost of energy. The CHP facility now provides the Mill with the bulk of its electric power and all high pressure steam for paper-making.

Waldron Engineering & Construction was selected in September of 2014 as the EPC (Engineer, Procure, Construct) Contractor for the new CHP facility at Erving Industries. The project successfully completed its operational demonstration test in December of 2015 to secure energy efficiency rebate funding through Erving’s electric utility, National Grid and the MASS Save program.

The decision to move forward with the pioneer project was not taken lightly, according to Vice President of Operations Tom Newton. “The Mill chose the Waldron team, with partner Engineered Construction Services, because of their demonstrated experience and ability to get things done,” Newton said.  “Not having built a project of this type before, and considering the rapid pace required, it was important to us to have a proven team to guide us through the process.  We’re very happy with our decision.  The Waldron and ECS team helped us to navigate through each phase of this very challenging project, which was constructed on a fast track schedule, within and around a working mill.  They proved to be a committed, knowledgeable partner on a project that we viewed as critical to our continued success.”

About Waldron

Waldron specializes in engineering, construction, commissioning and testing of utility plants, peaking plants, combined heat and power, renewable energy, central heating and chilling facilities. As a premier power engineering and construction management firm in the US, Waldron prides itself on being a leader in advancing new and emerging energy production technologies and developing ways to bring them to commercial application. Whether you need engineering design, construction management, commissioning, or a full service EPC firm that can take a project from initial concept to final operation, we can partner with you to deliver the best solutions on time and on budget.

In business since 1992, Waldron has successfully completed 22 combined heat and power facilities, 6 peaking plants and over 1,000 utility engineering design projects.  For more information about Waldron Engineering & Construction visit

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