Drax announces pellet, port projects
Drax Biomass International Inc. has announced plans for three projects in the southern U.S., near the Gulf of Mexico. During the first half of this year, the company is expected to begin construction of two pellet plants, one in Louisiana and the other in Mississippi. In addition, Drax is planning to develop a port storage and loading facility at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge.
The proposed Amite BioEnergy plant in Gloster, Miss., and the Morehouse BioEnergy in Morehouse Parish, La., are scheduled to begin operations in 2014. The plants have a planned combined capacity of 900,000 metric tons, and will take in fiber from actively and sustainably managed forests. Economic development agencies in both states have provided financial incentives to Drax.
The port facility is expected to have a storage capacity of 80,000 metric tons. The location will be designed to accommodate the delivery of pellet rail and truck. The port project is also expected to be operational next year.