EnvivaFire

A fire broke out at Enviva LP’s 500,000 metric ton pellet facility in Southampton County, Va., in the early morning hours of Jan. 8. According to a statement released by the company, the fire broke out at approximately 2:30 a.m. in the facility’s pellet processing system.

“Enviva operators took immediate and appropriate action and called the local fire department,” said the company in a statement. “We are grateful for the rapid and professional response of fire departments from Franklin, Courtland, Newsome and Hunterdale. Most importantly, no one was hurt as a result of this event.”

Plant Manager Brian Kellner says the company is assessing the root cause of the fire that started in a pellet processing system. He says he doesn’t expect any major downtime or loss.

It’s a relatively new facility. Enviva broke ground on the plant in July 2012 and it opened last year.