Construction Ongoing At Drax Pellet Plants

Construction has started on Drax’s second satellite industrial wood pellet plant in Arkansas, this one in Russellville, Pope County, in northwestern Arkansas. Commercial operations are expected to begin at the plant in 2022. The move is part of a $40 million investment by Drax in the state.

Earlier this year construction began at Drax’s first satellite pellet plant in Leola, Grant County, and commercial operations are expected to begin late this year. Progress is being made on selecting the third and final site.

The three pellet plants are expected to produce a total of 120,000 metric tons of pellets a year from sawmill residues, supporting the renewable energy company’s plans to increase self supply to its power station in the UK.

Matt White, Drax Biomass Senior Vice President, comments, “Drax has made great progress in delivering our $40 million investment in Arkansas. The investments will bring jobs and opportunities to rural communities in Arkansas alongside supporting international efforts to tackle the climate emergency. These plants support Drax’s plans to develop bioenergy with carbon capture and storage—a vital negative emissions technology that will be needed around the world to meet net zero targets.”

Drax has transformed its power station in the UK to become the largest decarbonization project in Europe by converting it to use sustainable biomass instead of coal.

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