Fire at Enviva facility not expected to result in major downtime

By Erin Voegele | January 09, 2014

A fire broke out at Enviva LP’s 500,000 metric ton pellet facility in Southampton County, Va., in the early morning hours of Jan. 8. According to a statement released by the company, the fire broke out at approximately 2:30 a.m. in the facility’s pellet processing system.

“Enviva operators took immediate and appropriate action and called the local fire department,” said the company in a statement. “We are grateful for the rapid and professional response of fire departments from Franklin, Courtland, Newsome and Hunterdale. Most importantly, no one was hurt as a result of this event.”

According to Enviva, the company is currently assessing the root cause of the fire and the damage, but does not currently expect to experience any major downtime or loss.

Enviva first announced development of the project in November 2011, and broke ground on the facility in July 2012. The facility had been operational for less than a year at the time of the incident.

Information published by Envivia specifies that wood pellets produced at the Southampton plant are transported by truck to the Port of Chesapeake for export to European utilities. The plant employs more than 70 full-time employees.

Enviva owns four other pellet plants, including a 365,000 metric ton plant in Ahoskie, S.C.; a 90,000 metric ton facility in Amory, Miss.; a 500,000 metric ton plant in Northampton County, N.C.; and a 136,000 metric ton plant in Wiggins, Miss.