TMMF Ltd
Farminguk
26 July 2016 | Online since 2003
Briefing Media - FG Classified


24 April 2014 00:53:37|Forestry,Market Reports,News

Wood pellet exports from North America to Europe have doubled in two years


With no slowdown in sight, North American wood pellet exporting companies keep building new facilities to manufacture pellets for the European market. Export volumes hit a new record high in the 4Q/13 and the total shipments for 2013 were up almost 50% from the previous year and more than double that in 2011. The total value of wood pellet exports reached over 650 million dollars last year.

A rapid expansion of pellet production capacity in the US South during 2012 and 2013 has resulted in a tripling of pellet production in the region in just two years. The expansion, which is entirely driven by demand for biomass in Europe, has increased pellet exports from 800,000 tons in 2011 to 2.9 million tons in 2013 according to data compiled by WRI and reported in the North American Wood Fiber Review (Note. WRI data is partly based on an industry survey since customs data on both sides of the Atlantic are not always reliable).

Many of the recent investments in pellet capacity in the US South have occurred along the Atlantic coast, with Enviva and Fram Renewables expanding production in the states of Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

The expansion in Canadian pellet export has been less dramatic than that of the US, but 2013 volumes were still over 50% higher than in 2011, with British Columbia shipping a majority of the volume. In Canada, there have been two recent developments of interest, 1) the first regular shipments of pellets to South Korea started in the second half of 2013 and, 2) exports from Eastern Canada from Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick increased during this same time period.

Eastern Canada will see additional pellet export volumes later in 2014 when Rentech begins operation at its two pellet facilities now underway in Ontario. As reported in the NAWFR (www.woodprices.com), a Quebec pellet export facility under construction at the Port of Quebec is the first dedicated infrastructure for pellet exports along the St. Lawrence Seaway. Its presence, when completed, reduces the heretofore, substantial entry barrier for a number of smaller pellet companies which are interested in the international market. In the 4Q/13, export volumes from the Eastern provinces accounted for 25 percent of Canada’s total pellet exports, a share that is likely to increase in 2014 and 2015.

The North American Wood Fiber Review has tracked wood fiber markets in the US and Canada for over 20 years and it is the only publication that includes prices for sawlogs, pulpwood, wood chips and biomass in North America. The 36-page quarterly report includes wood market updates for 15 regions on the continent in addition to the latest export statistics for sawlogs, wood pellets and wood chips.

Download

0 Comment

loginuserlogo
Name

Please enter your name


Email

Comment

Please enter your comment


Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.


Comments

No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment


Australia | 26 July 2016
The last cowboy is going to be this cattle-herding robot

In the Australian outback, a cattle ranch called Suppleback Downs is only slightly smaller than the state of Rhode Island. Unsurprisingly, it can be hard to keep track of cows in such a massive area. ...


Finland | 26 July 2016
Finnish dairy farmers worried about growing milk import from Baltics

Dairy farmers in Finland are worried about growing milk imports from the Baltic states, saying that political discussion has completely sidestepped the growth of milk production in Estonia, Latvia and...


Spain | 26 July 2016
New CAP can make EU farming profitable, Spanish farmers say

Spanish farmers consider the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as an opportunity to cut red tape and make environmental measures more efficient. But in order for EU farming to become more profi...


USA | 26 July 2016
Farmland 'increases the severity of thunderstorms'

Researchers at the University of Minnesota claim that the historical increase of farmland could have increased the severity of storms across the state. Vast swathes of the countryside of Minnesota ...


Nigeria | 26 July 2016
Monsanto's plot to take over Nigeria's agriculture

As everyone knows, one American company called Monsanto has been on a determined march to take over agricultural production all over the world and enslave all farmers and countries to their commercial...



Trending Now

Viewed
Discussed


Top stories you may have missed
closeicon
Username
Password