Dome Technology inflated the first wood-pellet bulk-storage dome for Enviva at the Port of Wilmington, South Carolina.
The dome was inflated at about 4:30 a.m. Monday and took almost three hours to reach its full size. The next dome is under construction and is expected to go up in the next six weeks. Construction for the new facility at the Port of Wilmington is expected to be completed within the next nine months.
Jason Craig, construction project manager for Dome Technology, said construction of the new Enviva export facility began in March and will feature two 170-foot-tall storage domes with a capacity of 45,000 metric tons each. The first dome, which has an inside layer of foam and another layer of reinforced steel, was inflated Monday morning. The second dome is about 80 percent complete and is expected to be inflated in the next six weeks.
Once completed, these domes can withstand winds up to 300 mph and will contain wood pellets produced from Enviva’s new $100 million Sampson County plant that is expected to manufacture more than 500,000 metric tons of wood pellets per year. The 400-acre site is about 70 miles northeast of Wilmington and pellets will be transported by truck and rail to the export terminal in Wilmington,
Established in 2004, Enviva provides woody biomass to industrial-scale customers. Enviva’s mission is to become the preferred partner and supplier of wood pellets and other processed woody biomass fuels to serve power generation and industrial customers seeking to decrease their dependence on fossil fuels. Enviva has been safely, stably and reliably supplying wood chips and wood pellets to customers in the U.S. and Europe since 2007.
Enviva is one of the largest manufacturers of processed biomass fuel in the form of 100% wood pellets in the United States. With U.S. facilities in Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida, Enviva has an annual production capacity of approximately 2.4 million metric tons. In addition, Enviva owns and operates a deep-water port terminal in Chesapeake, VA. This ensures that we closely monitor our product from forest to plant to port.
To learn more about Enviva and its other production plants and storage facilities throughout the southeast, visit the company’s website.