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Enviva's Chesapeake Terminal returns to full operation

US-based Enviva Partners, LP (Enviva), the world's largest pellet producer has announced that its marine export terminal in the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia (VA) has returned to full operation following a fire incident that occurred on February 27, 2018.

According to a statement, with the return to full operation following the previously reported fire incident, the business continuity costs associated with the incident have begun to wind down. Enviva expects that “substantially all of the costs” resulting from the incident will be recoverable through insurance or other contractual rights.

Enviva says that it has continued to “meet every customer delivery” required under its off-take agreements since the Chesapeake incident and, although the specific quarterly timing of shipments have been and likely will be affected by the incident, it expects to meet all of its contractual requirements for the full year 2018.

I want to thank our operations and engineering teams for their tremendous work safely returning the Chesapeake terminal back to reliable operations on schedule, said John Keppler, Chairman and CEO of Enviva.

Preliminary investigations suggest that the fire started in conveyors near the top of one of the concrete storage domes and then spread to inventory in the dome. Nitrogen fire suppression system in the domes limited the combustibility of the estimated 43 000 tonnes of inventory. However, as hotspots within inventory had been detected, the pellets were discharged and doused before disposal.

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