Pellet plant holds grand opening in North Carolina
Enviva LP celebrated the grand opening of its 500,000-metric-ton pellet plant in Northampton County, N.C., on May 21. The facility is near the towns of Gaston, Roanoke Rapids and Garysburg. A twin facility is currently under construction on Southampton County, Va.
Wood pellets produced at the facility are being exported to Europe via Enviva’s Port of Chesapeake export terminal outside of Norfolk, Va. The company acquired the deep-water port from Giant Cement company in 2011.
Plans for the new plant were announced in August 2011. A grant from the state’s One North Carolina Fund supported development of the facility.
North Carolina Gov. Patrick McCrory was on hand with several other local and state officials at the plant’s opening festivities. “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.”