Enviva opens 500,000-metric ton pellet plant in N.C.

By Anna Simet | May 22, 2013

Along with North Carolina Gov. Patrick McCrory and several other local and state officials, on May 21, wood pellet manufacturer Enviva LP celebrated the official opening of its recently completed production facility.

Plans for the 500,000-metric ton plant were originally announced in August 2011. It is located in Northampton County, N.C., near the towns of Gaston, Roanoke Rapids and Garysburg, N.C., and is a twin to an additional plant under construction in 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.

Enviva Northampton, which received grant support from the state’s One North Carolina Fund, employs 79 full-time employees and is estimated to support approximately 130 additional jobs in the forestry supply chain and transportation and logistics industry.

Besides the Northampton and Southampton facilities, Enviva has additional pellet plants in Ahoskie, N.C., and Wiggins and Amory, Miss., and leases space at the Port of Mobile in Mobile, Ala. Once the Southampton facility is complete, Enviva’s Mid-Atlantic fleet of facilities will have a combined production capacity of approximately 1.36 million metric tons per year, according to the company.