Georgia wood pellet export terminal will be largest in Southeast

By Luke Geiver | December 12, 2012

A Savannah, Ga. export terminal once used for the export of the paper industry product kaolin clay, will now give Enova Wood Pellet Group LLC a 1.35 million metric ton per year wood pellet export capacity at a single port. Enova Wood Pellet Group LLC, a subsidiary of Enova Energy Group LLC, has formed a long-term agreement with the port’s ownership group, Georgia Kaolin Terminals Inc., a subsidiary of Colonial Group Inc. Enova will use the port for storage and shipment of wood pellets sourced from its three production plants spread throughout Georgia and South Carolina. The pellets will arrive at the terminal via rail.

According to Mark Newhart, vice president of logistics and transportation for Enova, the facility will allow the company to export the largest quantity of wood pellets from a single location in the entire southeastern U.S. “This is a tremendous milestone for Enova to partner with a world class terminal operator such as Colonial Group,” Newhart said.

The Savannah terminal features 26 concrete silos, a railcar storage yard capable of handling 125 units, a modern material handling system and a 600 ton per hour railcar receiving system. The export portion of the facility also features dual ship loaders to minimize vessel shifting, an 800 ton per hour continuous vessel loading rate and a dust control system. Each month, the facility receives calls from three North European Bulk Carriers, according to the company.