European Port to Expand Wood Pellet Infrastructure

By Anna Simet | January 25, 2013

Here’s a little info for you wood pellet exporters (or soon-to-be): Europe’s largest handler of wood pellets is planning to expand its current capabilities.

This week, the Port of Tyne in South Shields, England, announced that it is planning to build new facilities for handling, storage and transportation of wood pellet imports.

Some interesting facts about this port:

-It was once world famous for coal exports (currently the fourth largest), and in latter years for coal imports.

-It’s the U.K.'s largest car exporter

-It operates an award-winning International Passenger Terminal for ferries and cruise ships, and recently became Britain's largest trust port, overtaking the Port of Dover.

-It manages a busy container terminal and U.K.-wide distribution network with a fleet of more than 180 trucks and trailers.

And of course, it is one of the largest handlers of wood pellets in the world. The proposed plans, if developed as currently mapped out, are estimated to create 900 jobs in construction and a further 300 full-time operational jobs, supporting an additional 2,000 jobs.

Initially, the Port plans to submit applications to extend its multi-functional berths at Riverside Quay by 100 meters, and provide the additional facilities for wood pellets including multi-purpose sealed storage, enclosed conveyor systems and a new length of railway line.

Andrew Moffat, the port’s CEO, said it is working with major companies in the power generation industry to identify their future requirements and make sure the port is ready to meet their needs.

Simply stated, the Port of Tyne is getting ready for things to come.