New plant under development in Georgia
General Biofuels Georgia LLC is constructing a $60 million wood pellet plant in Sandersville, Ga., capable of producing 440,000 tons of industrial-grade wood pellets per year. The facility is expected to begin operations during the first quarter of 2014.
Feedstock for the plant will be sourced from Georgia timberlands and local lumber producers. Pellets produced at the facility will be shipped via rail to the Port of Savannah, where they will be transloaded for export to Europe. The pellets will be sold to a major European utility under a long-term contract.
“General Biofuels’ location to Sandersville is great news for central Georgia,” said Chris Cummiskey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “The biofuels industry in Georgia is growing by leaps and bounds. We have more commercial timberland than any other state in the country, as well as the workforce and the logistics infrastructure needed to move the product quickly and efficiently to market.”