Wismar seaport discharged 20.000 t of wood pellets

11/26/2012 – 

Wismar, November 2012: A vessel with nearly 20,000 tons of wood pellets was discharged at Wismar seaport for the first time this week. The port of Wismar is becoming an ever more significant place of pellets transshipment for the pellets producer German Pellets located at the site. 'In view of the increasing demand for wood pellets across Europe we have intensified our commercial activities', says company spokeswoman Claudia Röhr. German Pellets currently prepares for construction of a storage shed for wood pellets on the port territory together with Seehafen Wismar GmbH which is planned to be built in the spring of 2013.

MV Federal Elbe, a bulk carrier of the Handysize class with 7.70 m draught, is just under 200 m long and has a beam of 24 m. It was the first time that a wood pellet freighter of this size was received in Wismar. The wood pellets come from a pellet plant on the Canadian east coast and are stored temporarily in Wismar before being sold on to customers in Europe.

Against the background of rising prices for fossil fuels large electricity and heat-generating companies all over Europe are converting their power stations to wood pellets and require large amounts of the green fuel. Some of it is brought in from North America. Due to the large timber resources there and the slump in the paper and wood pulp industry, large amounts of the raw material are available. Already more than half the wood pellets used in power stations in Europe comes from North America. An important place of transshipment is Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The pellets handled at the port of Wismar this week might be used to generate 44,000 MWh of power, enough to provide green electricity to approx. 7,000 people for one year.

German Pellets is currently building a pellet plant of its own in Texas. From there the Wismar-based company will deliver wood pellets to the European power station market from the spring of 2013. German Pellets plans to build further plants in North America. The company is also building a transshipment facility for shipping to Europe in the deepwater port of Port Arthur/Texas at the Gulf of Mexico.

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