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Wood Pellet Facility Operations Set to Begin

WILMINGTON – State port officials here say they expect to begin moving wood pellets for biofuel in and out of the port using Enviva’s terminal by the year’s end, the Wilmington StarNews reported.

The terminal and the company’s wood-pellet production facility in Sampson County are substantially complete, an Enviva spokesman said. The first ship call at the Wilmington termina is expected this month.

The company’s two 170-foot tall, 175-foot diameter domes at the port can each store 45,000 tons of pellets, which will be shipped to the United Kingdom and Europe as fuel for power plants converted from coal. Officials say the conversion will reduce greenhouse gasses but critics contend the biofuel also has environmental risks.

Enviva says it will employ 24 people at the port when the facility begins operating.

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