Drax to expand US pellet production
As part of its 2013 investor call in February, the Drax Group plc revealed plans to develop up to 2 million tons of additional pellet capacity, primarily in the U.S. Recent announcements in South Carolina and Mississippi indicate the company is moving forward with those plans.
Abbeville County, South Carolina, has passed an ordinance that would allow Drax Biomass, a subsidiary of the Drax Group, an option to purchase a 119-acre tract of land for the development of a new pellet plant. According to information released by the county, the proposed pellet manufacturing plant would be located approximately 3 miles from Calhoun Falls, a town on the western border of the state.
Drax is also proposing to build a second pellet plant in Mississippi. Documents recently filed with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality state that a unit of Drax is planning to build a pellet plant near Magnolia, Mississippi. The project, proposed under the title Pike BioEnergy LLC, would be located on a 103-acre site.