$25 Million Wood Pellet Export Facility Going Ahead In North Carolina

The Council of State signed off Tuesday on a deal approved last week to build a $25 million export facility at the Port of Morehead City. About 150 jobs would be created with the construction of the wood pellet export facility in Carteret County. Wood pellets are an increasingly popular source of renewable energy in […]

The Council of State signed off Tuesday on a deal approved last week to build a $25 million export facility at the Port of Morehead City. About 150 jobs would be created with the construction of the wood pellet export facility in Carteret County. Wood pellets are an increasingly popular source of renewable energy in Europe.

“This is a great deal for eastern North Carolina. It’s our third major multimillion dollar deal in eight months,” said Tony Tata, North Carolina transportation secretary.

Last week, the North Carolina State Ports Authority approved a deal with a Raleigh-based company called WoodFuels. The facility would receive, store, load, and ship pellets to Europe.

“I think it’s fine. If it helps the port prosper and it doesn’t have a deleterious impact on the community it’s fine with me,” said Dick Bierly, Morehead City resident.

The state Department of Transportation says the facility would bring 150 jobs to North Carolina. Morehead City manager David Whitlow says 15-20 of those would be in Morehead City.

From WNCT 9 News: http://www.wnct.com/story/23540654/wood-pellet-agreement-approved-for-port-of-morehead-city

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