Enviva is to build a new production plant in Alabama, US. The company is expected to invest around $175 million (Euro 159.2 million) to build the plant. Enviva expects construction to begin in early 2020, once the necessary permits have been obtained. Construction is estimated to take between 15 and 18 months.
Enviva owns and operates eight plants in the Southeast US and produces more than 3.5 million metric tonnes of wood pellets every year. The Sumter County facility would initially produce 700,000 metric tonnes per year, though production could be increased to 1.15 million tonnes per year.
The proposed production facility would use a mix of softwood and scrap from mills sourced from within a 75-mile radius. The pellets would be transported by barge via the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to the terminal at Pascagoula and exported to Europe and Asia.