Enviva celebrates 15 years with ground-breaking for Lucedale pellet plant
Founded in 2004 to "develop a cleaner energy alternative to fossil fuels", US-based Enviva Partners LP, has grown to become the world's largest wood pellet producer and exporter. Celebrating 15 years since its inception, Enviva marked the occasion in style by holding a ground-breaking ceremony in southern Mississippi for Lucedale, its latest pellet plant project.
The project represents some US$140 million investment and is estimated to create around 90 jobs. At full capacity, the facility will produce around 700 000 tonnes-per-annum of wood pellets that will be shipped overseas via the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi (MS), which Enviva has recently exercised a lease option and plans to invest over US$60 million to build and operate a deep-water marine terminal.
Being developed by Enviva in parallel to the Lucedale wood pellet plant, the Pascagoula terminal is being designed to handle approximately three million tonnes of pellets annually allowing Enviva to construct several pellet production plants like Lucedale in Mississippi and Alabama.
The terminal will be capable of receiving pellets by rail, barge, and truck, storing up to 90 000 tonnes on-site and supporting Panamax-sized vessels and will utilize state-of-the-art handling equipment and storage infrastructure designed to maintain product quality and safety.