Pellet plant opens in NC, boon for forest industry
Enviva LP celebrated the official opening of its Northampton County, N.C., pellet plant May 21. The 500,000-metric-ton plant is the twin of a second facility under construction in Southampton County, Va.
North Carolina Gov. Patrick McCrory was on hand with several other local and state officials to celebrate the plant’s opening. “Enviva’s decision to locate this facility in Northampton County is a big win for the region, the forest products industry and the state of North Carolina,” he said. “They are creating good jobs in a growing industry and represent exactly the kind of business North Carolina needs to continue to attract to our state.”
Plans for the project were originally announced in August 2011. Wood pellets produced at the facility are being exported to Europe via Enviva’s Port of Chesapeake export terminal near Norfolk, Va. The company acquired the deep-water port from Giant Cement company in 2011.