A new wood pellet plant opened for business in Gomel Oblast, Belarus on 6 August.
The plant has a capacity of 20,000 tonnes per annum and received investments exceeding €5.1 million. Construction of the plant will meet the head of state’s instruction to fully process timber resources in the country.
Belarusian Forestry Minister Vitaly Drozhzha said: “The implementation of this project and similar ones uses up low-quality wood and will clean up Belarusian forests. Any waste wood can be used to make fuel granules.”
The new plant in Gomel Oblast’s Zhitkovichi District will enable several social and economic development indicators in the area. As many as 25 new enterprises and manufacturing facilities have opened in the district in the last 18 months, with 143 jobs created.
“We’ve already sold 10,000 tonnes of pellets,” said Mikhail Levkovich, director of the Zhitkovichi forestry enterprise. “95% of the output is exported. Contracts have been signed with Latvian partners. Poland shows a strong interest. Czechia is thinking about logistics. The domestic market is growing.”