Plans For North Carolina Wood Pellet Export Facility Scaled Back

Plans were recently scaled back for a wood pellet export facility at a North Carolina state port due to a reassessment of market conditions. But the project is still on, with a status update to be aired during a public meeting this week. Meanwhile, State Ports Authority officials intent on expanding North Carolina’s forest products […]

Plans were recently scaled back for a wood pellet export facility at a North Carolina state port due to a reassessment of market conditions. But the project is still on, with a status update to be aired during a public meeting this week.

Meanwhile, State Ports Authority officials intent on expanding North Carolina’s forest products industry are also exploring an alternative plan to export entire logs via the N.C. Port of Morehead City – an operation that would require regulatory approval for open-air pesticide fumigation at the facility on the east end of Arendell Street.

Both projects will likely be discussed during a public meeting with county commissioners and Morehead City officials set for 3 p.m. Wednesday in the upstairs rooms of the Crystal Coast Civic Center. But the main purpose of the meeting is to hear from state officials on the status of the downsized wood pellet export facility.

That plan, which had initial goals of attracting as many as three companies shipping as much as 400,000 metric tons of wood pellets per year for use as biofuel in power plants in Europe, is now targeting a single producer that would export about 285,000 metric tons per year.

Plans presented to the public in October 2012 have since been scaled back, acting State Ports Authority CEO Jeff Miles said Thursday during the monthly meeting of the Morehead City Port Committee at the Channel Marker Restaurant in Atlantic Beach.

From The Carteret County News-Times: http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/news/article_0c4c6e94-ebfc-11e2-835a-0019bb2963f4.html

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