State and local leaders in Mississippi, US gathered at a groundbreaking ceremony on 7 November for Enviva's new wood pellet export terminal. Upon completion, the terminal in the Port of Pascagoula's Bayou Casotte Harbour will export wood pellets produced in George County, Mississippi to Asia and Europe and employ around 30 full-time workers. Approximately 150 direct and indirect jobs will be created during the construction of the terminal.
Site preparation is underway for the $90 million project and actual construction will begin in the next few weeks. Construction time is expected to take 15 months; the terminal will be built simultaneously with Enviva's new wood pellet production plant in Lucedale, George County.
Once operational, the export terminal will have the capacity to receive product by rail, barge and truck. Two on-site domes will provide storage for up to 90,000 metric tonnes of wood pellets. Enviva's vice-president of Human Capital Nic Lane said: "Today we take a major step in helping to meet the increasing global demand for sustainable biomass fuel, and to ensure greater security of supply to our customers, particularly for the rapid growing demand from our Asian customers.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with one of the top-ranking ports in the US, the Port of Pascagoula, a major commercial engine and key driving force in local, regional and international economies."
“I am thrilled to have Enviva Biomass as a Mississippi business partner," added Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant. "Their work in renewable energy is vital to the global economy. This terminal at the Port of Pascagoula will help export wood pellets from the largest wood pellet plant in the world to markets in Asia and Europe. This project proves that Mississippi’s diversified network of infrastructure allows opportunity for companies to export products throughout the world."