Enviva Pellets Southampton LLC, announced in November 2011 and located in Southampton County, Va., just outside the towns of Courtland and Franklin, is Enviva’s fifth wholly owned and operated industrial wood pellet manufacturing facility. Pellets are manufactured from 100 percent raw wood materials, procured locally using existing supply chains. The plant has a production capacity of 500,000 metric tons of pellets per year.
Pellets produced at this plant are transported by truck to Enviva’s Port of Chesapeake in Chesapeake, Va. for export to European utilities.
The facility broke ground on July 25, 2012, with Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore, along with Southampton County Supervisors Dallas Jones and Dr. Alan Edwards, welcoming Enviva’s newest facility.
The facility employs more than 70 full time positions, including operators, technicians and engineers. Additional employment is supported indirectly throughout the facility’s logging and forestry supply chain. During the construction phase, the site employed approximately 300 construction workers and contractors. Enviva is proud to be a part of the greater Franklin, Va. community.