PRLog - Sep. 18, 2012 - PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Palo Alto, CA -- General Biofuels Development, LLC announced today that it will construct a wood pellet manufacturing plant in Sandersville, Ga, investing $60MM and creating 35 jobs.
The plant will manufacture industrial-grade wood pellets for sale to a major European utility under a long-term contract. Capacity of the plant will be approximately 400,000 metric tons per year. Start of production is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014.
“Sandersville is an ideal setting for our pellet production facility. The timber resources are abundant, the workforce is capable and motivated, and the transportation system from Sandersville to the Port of Savannah will be tremendously advantageous. Economic development team from the State of Georgia has been of great help and a pivotal reason for us locating the plant there,” said Ruby Sahiwal, founder and chairman for General Biofuels.
Renewable feedstock will come from Georgia timberlands and local lumber producers. Pellets from the plant will be loaded into railcars for transport by the Sandersville Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railway to the Port of Savannah for intermediate storage and trans-load to ocean-going ships.
“We are very excited to have General Biofuels join the Washington County business community and for the Sandersville Railroad to provide long-term rail transportation services. This project offers manufacturing jobs to the Washington County region and will provide long-term, stable employment in the timber harvesting, manufacturing, transportation sectors, and increase exports through the Port of Savannah,” said Charles Lee, Executive Director of the Development Authority of Washington County.
About General Biofuels
General Biofuels Georgia, LLC. is part of the General Biofuels group (http://www.generalbiofuels.com). Headquartered in Northern California, General Biofuels is an international developer of wood pellet and energy crop pellet manufacturing facilities. The company has projects in Canada, Southeastern U.S., the Caribbean and Latin America.