Prodesa has revealed that it has successfully completed a number of performance tests required for the completion of the Colombo Energy pellet plant in the US south.
Spain-headed supplier of dry milling and pelleting lines Prodesa has revealed that it has successfully completed a number of milestone performance tests required for the completion of the Colombo Energy 500 000 tonne per annum wood pellet plant. Colombo Energy is a wholly owned US subsidiary of Navigator Company SA, formerly known as the Portucel Soporcel Group, and the plant is located in Greenwood, South Carolina.
The first performance tests for the dry milling and pelleting lines were successfully completed. The purpose of the first performance test is to achieve 70 percent of nominal production capacity during 72 non-stop working hours. According to Prodesa, this test was not only passed successfully but much better results were achieved. The expected amount of pellets was produced in 52 hours.
Performance tests for the train loading system have also been carried out along similar lines to achieve a certain percentage of nominal loading capacity rate in tonnes per hour within a given timeframe. The first pellets produced at the Colombo plant have already been loaded.