In the United States (US), Enviva Inc., the world’s leading producer of sustainably sourced woody biomass, held a ceremonial ribbon cutting at its recently opened marine export terminal at the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi (MS).
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According to a statement, the event “commemorates Enviva’s continued commitment to deliver positive economic impact, growth, and green jobs to Mississippi, as well as the company’s mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis in power, heat, and heavy industry domestically and abroad.”
The future has never looked brighter for green jobs, green investment, and the global need to implement true climate change solutions into international economies and supply chains, said Thomas Meth, President, and CEO of Enviva.
Enviva owns and operates the deep-water marine terminal in the Bayou Casotte Harbor in Jackson County, MS in partnership with Jackson County Port Authority.
Since 2019, the Port Authority and Enviva have invested over US$90 million to build the terminal at the Port of Pascagoula which can receive pellets by rail, barge, and truck as well as support Panamax-sized vessels.
The facility includes two wood pellet storage domes with a total storage capacity of 90 000 tonnes.
Enviva plans to export wood pellets, sustainably sourced from local, well-managed working forests, from the now fully operational Port of Pascagoula terminal to power and utility customers across Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean – with a majority of the terminal’s future shipments slated for Japan.
Supplying the global demand for more renewable, dispatchable, alternative energy sources continues to be made possible by the dedicated men and women in southern Mississippi who transport Enviva’s product reliably and safely around the world. Now operational, we will be regularly sending off ships filled with our sustainably sourced wood pellets made in Mississippi by Mississippians, Thomas Meth said.
Key shipment point
To date, Enviva employs nearly 30 people at the Port of Pascagoula and indirectly supports more than 400 jobs across Jackson, Harrison, and George Counties.
The terminal at the Port of Pascagoula serves as the shipment point for Enviva’s newly formed “Pascagoula Cluster” which includes Enviva’s Lucedale, MS plant as well as Enviva’s forthcoming plants in Epes, Alabama (AL), and Bond, MS.
This new terminal is a win for Pascagoula, our Gulf Coast, and all of Mississippi. It’s opening not only further strengthens supply chain infrastructure but expands our economic contributions to the global energy market. Congratulations to Enviva on this exciting launch and I look forward to seeing these Mississippi-made products shared with the world, said Governor Tate Reeves.
Growth in hard-to-abate sectors
To date, Enviva’s sustainably sourced woody biomass is predominately used to accelerate the global energy transition and to de-fossilize power and heat generation.
However, Enviva highlights that modern biomass is increasingly being used as a renewable alternative in hard-to-abate sectors like steel, cement, lime, chemicals, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
Jackson County recognizes Enviva’s confidence in our county and the State of Mississippi with this symbiotic public-private partnership. The combined investment by Enviva and our Port Authority provides much-needed jobs and economic growth for Jackson, Harrison, and George Counties. Let us grow together! said Ken Taylor, Jackson County Board of Supervisors.
Looking ahead, Enviva plans to double its production capacity over the next four to five years, from 6.2 million tonnes per year (MTPY) to approximately 13 million MTPY, further solidifying the Port of Pascagoula, MS, as an operational and geographical asset for decades to come.
Enviva has been a great partner in developing and opening the terminal at the Port of Pascagoula, further connecting the Magnolia State to international markets. Enviva cares about the communities they serve, the people they employ, and the product they produce, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis in homes and industries across the world, said Port Director Mark McAndrews.