Port of Pascagoula, Enviva break ground on pellet export terminal
Mississippi state and local leaders and Gov. Phil Bryant gathered Nov. 7 at a groundbreaking ceremony for Enviva’s new marine export terminal in the Port of Pascagoula’s Bayou Casotte Harbor. The ceremony marks the beginning of construction of the $90 million terminal. Upon completion of construction, wood pellets produced in George County, Mississippi, and other Enviva plants in its strategic asset cluster in the Gulf region will be exported through the Pascagoula terminal to markets in Asia and Europe.
Site preparation is underway and actual construction will commence in the next few weeks. Construction time for the terminal is expected to take 15 months and it will be built simultaneously with Enviva’s new wood pellet production plant in Lucedale, in George County, Mississippi. The new Pascagoula terminal is expected to directly employ approximately 30 full-time workers and support about 150 direct and indirect jobs during construction. When completed, the export terminal will be capable of receiving product by rail, barge and truck. Two on-site domes will provide storage capacity for up to 90,000 metric tons of wood pellets. All handling equipment and storage facilities will be state-of-the-art. Enviva expects that the number of vessels calling the port will increase as it further develops production capacity in the region.
“I am thrilled to have Enviva Biomass as a Mississippi business partner,” said Gov. Bryant. “Their work in renewable energy is vital to th....