Enviva’s Cottondale plant idle less than 1 day following fire

By Erin Voegele | June 12, 2017

A June 10 fire at Enviva’s pellet plant in Cottondale, Florida, resulted in minor damages, but the plant resumed operations at full capacity later that day. Two employees were evaluated for smoke inhalation following the incident, and have since returned to work.

Enviva said the fire occurred in a conveyor belt the morning of June 10, causing minor damages. After a thorough inspection, the company said the plant returned to safe operations, at full capacity, by mid-afternoon.

“There was no further disruption to operations and production capacity has not been impacted,” Enviva said in a statement. The company also indicated the damaged conveyor belt has been repaired.

“We appreciate the efforts by local fire departments and first responders who quickly controlled the incident and ensured the health of employees,” said the company in its statement.

The Cottondale pellet plant began operations in 2008 under a previous owner. Enviva Partners LP acquired the facility in January 2015 as part of its acquisition of Green Circle Bioenergy Inc. The plant is capable of producing up to 700,000 metric tons of wood pellets per year. According to Enviva, pellets produced at the facility are exported to international customers.