Experts discuss port projects

By Staff | March 27, 2014

More than 200 attendees recently tuned into a webinar on pellet port developments and projects, sponsored by Biomass Magazine. During the event, Ben Easterlin, senior vice president of development and construction at Enova Energy Group, discussed development at the Port of Port St. Joe in Florida. According to Easterlin, the company sees the project as a development opportunity to support its pellet exporting operations in the Southeast. “Enova expects one day, there will be dual-ship loading with modern dust control, with 20,000 metric tons or greater storage capacity,” he added.

Andy Burns, vice president of Biomass Secure Power, spoke about his company’s quest for ports as part of its effort to find suitable locations for a pellet plant, noting that one of the greatest costs of pellet production is transportation.

EcoFuels LLC Managing Director George Lyons spoke about the considerations that go into locating pellet plants and exporting facilities, including the impact on the carbon footprint of the resulting fuel.
William Straus, president of FutureMetrics, rounded out the call with a discussion of the top three characteristics of a successful pellet product, including sustainability, consistency and reliable delivery.