Enviva southampton pellet production plant
Enviva Southampton pellet production plant

Enviva LP is pursuing the development of three new wood pellet plants, including two in North Carolina according to Biomass Magazine. A location for the third project has not been announced, but documents published by the North Carolina State Ports Authority earlier this year indicate it could be located in South Carolina.

In early September, N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory and N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced Enviva is planning new pellet projects in Richmond and Sampson counties. The projects would be supported by an award from the state Job Development Grant program, as voted by the state Economic Investment Committee.

In a statement provided to Biomass Magazine, Enviva said all three facilities would export pellets through a proposed terminal at the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina. Documents published by the North Carolina State Ports Authority specifies according to Boiomass Magazine the port has entered into a land lease and operations agreement with Enviva Holdings LP to construct a pellet export facility capable of exporting 2 million tons of wood pellets annually. The project would include the construction of two concrete storage domes with a capacity of 45,000 metric tons each. A truck and rail unloading station, conveyor systems, and a ship loading system would also be developed as a part of the facility.

In addition to the three new proposed pellet plants, Enviva also has pellet operations in Wiggins, Mississippi; Amory, Mississippi; Ahoskie, North Carolina; Northampton, North Carolina; and Southampton, Virginia; along with port operations at the Port of Chesapeake in Virginia and the Port of Mobile in Alabama.