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Increased pellet exports advances US port plans

Expansion plans are in the pipeline for the Port of Pascagoula in Mississippi, US to accommodate future wood pellet exports.

It is believed the State of Mississippi will provide up to a third of the financing for the project, which will include the removal of a warehouse to make way for a storage silo.

The new facilities will initially be able to handle about 500,000 tonnes of wood pellets a year.

‘The demand is going to increase which is why this facility is designed to be expandable to accommodate more product,’ says port executive director Mark McAndrews. ‘You need deep water and uou need to accommodate Panamax type ships. We felt this was a good fit for us.’

The wood pellets exported from the Port of Pascagoula will be manufactured by a new plant in North Mississippi.