The owner and operator of what is thought to be the largest pellet producing plant in the world, Vyborgskaya Cellulose has claimed that the Vyborg, Russia-based plant will be operational by the end of this year.
When the facility reaches full-scale production it will manufacture around 900,000 tonnes of wood pellets annually, which can then be used to generate heat and electricity.
The plant is estimated to have cost around $100 million (€71.96 million) to build, $41 million of which was provided by VTB Group, while Tavrichesky Bank provided a further $10 million in funding.
Sweden-based trading house Ekman & Co has an exclusive sales agreement with Vyborgskaya and VP of bioenergy for Ekman Arnold Dale has said that the company is looking to sell ‘large volumes’ of the pellets to industrial users.
‘We do, however, already have several smaller contracts to supply premium-grade wood pellets to small combined heat and power plants in Scandinavia,’ Dale said. ‘Talks are ongoing with potential distributors in key European consumer pellet markets.’
According to Dale the pellets will be made from round wood. It has been reported that Vyborgskaya has a number of 49-year leases on forestland in the Leningrad and Pskov regions.
Source: The Moscow Times