Wood pellet producer Enviva, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, US, is to supply its biomass products to Electrabel, an energy company based in Belgium, after securing its largest contract to date.
As stated in the contract the pellet firm will provide Electrabel with 480,000 tonnes of wood pellets a year.
However the agreement means that Enviva will need to increase the output capacity at its only US-based pellet plant located in Mississippi. Earlier this month Enviva announced that it had acquired privately held firm CKS Energy and is now looking to increase production at this plant to over 100,000 tonnes a year, up from its current annual capacity of 50,000 tonnes.
Despite owning another two pellet production facilities in Germany and Belgium, manufacturing 120,000 tonnes and 60,000 tonnes of wood pellets respectively, the company is also looking at developing further sites in Alabama, North Carolina and Virgina.
Thomas Meth, executive vice president of Intrinergy, Enviva’s parent company, commented: ‘We will start supplying next year. For that we need to add more capacity. I expect it will be more than one site.’