Enviva reports that in July the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Permit Board unanimously approved the air permit for the proposed wood pellet plant in Lucedale, Miss., which is the principal permit required to begin construction.

In addition, Enviva continues to evaluate a potential wood pellet production plant in Epes, Alabama, along with other sites in Alabama and Mississippi, which would export wood pellets through the Pascagoula terminal.

Enviva reports that its industrial wood pellet plant in Hamlet, NC plant is now operating and expects to exit 2019 with a production run-rate of 500,000 MTPY and will reach its nameplate production capacity of 600,000 MTPY in 2021.

Enviva announced that projects to increase the aggregate production capacity of its wood pellet production plants in Northampton, North Carolina and Southampton, Virginia by approximately 400,000 MTPY are progressing, as detailed engineering is in process, major pieces of equipment are being delivered, and site preparation work is advancing. Enviva expects to complete the construction of the expansion activities in the first half of 2020 with startup thereafter, subject to receiving necessary permits.