Enviva plant breaks ground

By Staff | October 24, 2012

Maryland-based Enviva LP has broken ground on a 500,000 ton-per-year pellet production facility in Southampton County, Va. The plant is scheduled to be operational late next year.

Enviva will employ traditional wood processing and pelletizing equipment at the new facility. Most of the woody biomass processed at the plant will be sourced from within a 40-75 mile radius. While fully operational, approximately 200 trucks are expected to enter or leave the facility each day.

The $90 million facility is the third wholly-owned plant developed by Enviva in the Mid-Atlantic region. The new plant is being developed using a “build and copy” approach, and is based on another pellet production plant owned and operated by Enviva in Northampton, N.C.

Most of the pellets produced at the plant will be exported to Europe.  Enviva passes all pellets produced in the region through its Chesapeake pellet terminal on the Elizabeth River. Once the Southampton facility comes online, more than one-third of Enviva’s worldwide production will come out of Virginia.