Enviva Breaks Ground On Virginia Wood Pellet Plant

The 10-year, sometimes controversial development of the Turner Tract Industrial Park paid off recently. With a shovel in hand, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and other officials dug up the first ceremonial scoops of dirt to build Enviva Pellets Southampton. “Thanks for your vision,” Bolling told Southampton County officials, who developed the Rose Valley Road industrial […]

The 10-year, sometimes controversial development of the Turner Tract Industrial Park paid off recently. With a shovel in hand, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and other officials dug up the first ceremonial scoops of dirt to build Enviva Pellets Southampton.

“Thanks for your vision,” Bolling told Southampton County officials, who developed the Rose Valley Road industrial park where Enviva will spend $91 million to build a wood pellet plant that will create 72 jobs.

“Without this type of great park to offer, you’re not in the game,” Bolling told the 125 people attending the ceremony.

“We would not be here without that vision,” added John Keppler, chairman and chief executive officer for Enviva.

Construction of the plant is expected to take 18 months to complete, with a startup planned for late 2013.

Based in Bethesda, Md., Enviva is the world’s largest producer of solid biomass fuels whose primary customer is Europe’s utility companies attempting to reduce their carbon footprint.

From Tidewater News: http://www.tidewaternews.com/2012/07/25/enviva-courtland-pellets-breaks-ground/

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