Biomass pellet factory Waycross/Georgia
|26 June 2011 – First shipload of wood pellets arrived in the Netherlands|
At the end of June, after 14 days at sea, the first shipload of wood pellets from Georgia, USA, arrived at the port of Dordrecht in the Netherlands. The transport ship had 23,000 tonnes of the climate-friendly fuel on board.
One of the world’s largest pellet factories
In order to achieve the targets for cutting carbon emissions in Germany and in Europe as whole, the use of biomass for power generation is essential. The increasing demand for resources in this fast growing sector cannot, however, be satisfied by the European wood market alone.
That's why we are operating one of the world's largest green wood pellet plants in the south of the US Federal State of Georgia. The total investment volume amounts to approx. €120 million and is a strategically important step towards securing our fuel base.
Each year, the Waycross pellet plant will produce some 750,000 tons of wood pellets for use in Europe, shipped from the port of Savannah. These pellets will be used primarily at the existing coal-fired power stations of RWE. Replacing hard coal with biomass will allow us to achieve consider-able cuts in carbon emissions.
The production of pellets requires approx. 1.5 million tons of green wood each year. Unlike Europe, the USA has substantial unused wood resources. This is particularly true in Georgia, where the rate of timber growth far outstrips consumption. Over the past years, the withdrawal of the pulp and paper industry has freed up even more capacity.
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