Enviva, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, held a ceremony at its newly opened terminal at the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi on June 15 to commemorate the first shipment of sustainably sourced biomass to international power producers. and heat, with a majority of future port shipments planned for Japan.
Approximately 18,000 metric tons of sustainably sourced wood pellets produced at Enviva’s brand new plant in Lucedale, Mississippi, were loaded onto the UBC Sacramento at the Port of Pascagoula bound for the ports of Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe and Fort-de-France, Martinique. Going forward, Enviva will continue to provide its reliable and dispatchable bioenergy solutions to power and heat generators in Asia, Europe and the Caribbean, as well as customers in hard-to-reduce industries such as steel, cement, lime and sustainable development. aviation fuels.
Thomas Meth, President of Enviva, said, “Today is a great day for Enviva, the Port of Pascagoula and Mississippi, as this terminal marks the culmination of years of work through our strong partnerships with the Jackson County Port Authority, Jackson County Board of Supervisors and the State of Mississippi.
“Enviva has been operating in Mississippi for over a decade. Now, with this newly opened terminal, Enviva can continue to grow our presence, well-paying jobs, and positive economic impact in Magnolia State.
Through a collaboration with the Jackson County Port Authority, Enviva now owns and operates the deep water marine terminal in the Port of Bayou Casotte which serves as a shipping point for pellets manufactured throughout the Gulf region, via Enviva’s recently opened Lucedale plant and upcoming plants in Epes, Alabama. and Bond, Mississippi. Since 2019, Enviva has invested over $60 million to build the Port of Pascagoula Terminal which can receive product by rail, barge and truck as well as handle Panamax size vessels. The facility currently has two wood pellet storage domes with a storage capacity of 45,000 metric tons each.
Randy Bosarge, Chairman of the Jackson County Board of Supervisors, said, We are proud to partner with Enviva to continue connecting the great state of Mississippi to international markets through the Port of Pascagoula.
“Today is a day of celebration as the Port, State, Enviva, Federal and local authorities have worked for years to turn this economic opportunity for the region into a reality. We look forward to working with Enviva for many more years. many decades to come.
Mark McAndrews, Port Manager, said, “Enviva provides green-collar jobs in Jackson County and connects the Port of Pascagoula to a reliable, renewable and sustainable supply chain that powers thousands of businesses and homes across worldwide.
“We are thrilled to be working with Enviva, a long-term renewable energy provider that is moving countries away from fossil fuels towards a carbon-free future.”
Enviva employs nearly 30 people at the Port of Pascagoula and indirectly supports over 400 jobs in Jackson, Harrison and George counties.