Posted: Dec 2, 2009 5:28 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Dec 2, 2009 9:54 PM
Port of Greater Baton Rouge leaders say a wood pellet plant is set to open early next year. It's expected to generate about 100 jobs at the site. Hundreds of spin-off jobs are expected in things like timber and shipping.
The plant will compress saw dust into pellets that look like pet food. Many new power plants in Europe use the pellets as a renewable energy source. The pellets have an energy value similar to coal.
Point BioEnergy officials say having the plant at the deep water port will save money on shipping. They say the fact Baton Rouge is located in what's known as the "Timber Basket" is a benefit.
Most of the pellets will produced from timber harvested in Louisiana.