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Fire breaks out at Enviva South Carolina pellet plant


March 12, 2020
By Ellen Cools


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At about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 8, a fire broke out at Enviva’s wood pellet plant off South Carolina Highway 246. No injuries were reported.

The fire started in one of the plant’s silos, says Index-Journal, temporarily shutting down the plant’s assembly line.

Firefighters worked with on-site Enviva staff to understand where it was safe to spray water and how to cut off electricity to areas they needed to access.

Maria Moreno, Enviva’s communications and public affairs director told Index-Journal that, as of March 11, the plant was back up and running, with measures implemented to prevent this from happening again.

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In a statement to Canadian Biomass, Moreno added:

“Our Greenwood plant sustained minimal damage due to the structure fire which occurred during the early hours of Sunday, March 8. No one has been hurt, thanks in part to the safety systems we’ve engineered into our processes. We appreciate the efforts of the local fire department and first responders who assisted in controlling the incident and also ensured the health and safety of our employees.

No finished product was damaged. There were no disruptions to our customers or our associates’ work schedules and the plant resumed operations on Wednesday, March 11.”

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