Drax Appoints White To Lead U.S.
Drax Biomass, Inc. announced that Matt White is its new Senior Vice President overseeing Drax’s U.S. biomass operations from its headquarters in Monroe, La. Drax Biomass operates industrial wood pellet plants in Bastrop, La.; Urania, La.; and Gloster, Miss. and uses the port in Baton Rouge/Port Allen.
The company recently announced plans to increase the amount of biomass it supplies to its own power station in the UK from 1.2 million to 5 million tonnes per year.
White comments, “This is an exciting time to join Drax Biomass as the business seeks to grow its wood pellet output to 5 million tonnes per year while maintaining a focus on safety and operational excellence. Drax has an impressive commitment to support the communities in which it operates by promoting sustainable forestry and investing in local development, so I am looking forward to the opportunities ahead.”
White joins Drax from Rockwater Energy (now Select Energy Services), a chemicals and logistics provider to the oil industry where he was director, Manufacturing & Engineering.
Most of his career has been in manufacturing management helping organizations grow, adapt to change and increase safety and efficiency by developing highperforming teams. A mechanical engineer by background, White has worked in a number of sectors including air products and chemicals.
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