Yearly Archives: 2015

Europe fuels Russia’s wood pellet production and exports

Europe has seen high demand for wood pellets given an increase in in local consumption. Russia – currently the third largest exporter of wood pellets to the EU, following the U.S. and Canada, is expected to increase wood pellet production and exports to the region.

In 2015, Russian wood pellet production is expected to increase 15%, reaching 1.36 million metric tons, with 1.02 million metric tons of that volume being exported. The increased production is driven mostly by the strong demand from EU. In the mid-term, domestic demand for wood pellets is expected to increase 10-20% annually.

It’s estimated that about 97 pellet plants are in operation in 2015 in Russia, which has a capacity use of 85%. Besides, four new wood pellet facilities are under construction in the country that have a combined capacity of 500,000 metric tons.

Russia’s 2014 pellet exports stood at 880,000 metric tons, which mark a 13% increase from 2013, according to the Russian Customs Service. Of this, about 382,000 metric tons were exported to Denmark, 218,000 metric tons to Sweden, and 57,000 metric tons to Italy.

Russia’s largest pellet facility – Vyborgskaya Forest Corp., has an installed capacity of 1 million metric tons. However, the plant is only operating at an estimated 50% of its total capacity due to some interruption in raw material supplies and legal issues.

At CMT’s Biomass Trade & Power Europe on 22-24 February, 2016 in Copenhagen learn more about rise of Russia as a major wood pellet supplier to Europe.

Contact Ms. Hafizah at or call +65 6346 9218 for further details.

Read more:
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network Report on Russian Federation’s pellet sector

Report predicts increase in Russian wood pellet production


The Spanish Company PRODESA started the commissioning of a new pellet plant in the island of Borneo

Once the erection stage was concluded, and the Permitting of the complete installation was achieved, PRODESA began in June with the Commissioning works of the installation. The start-up technicians will be on site for around three months, until the end of September, in order to tune up the installation, and reach the pellet plant nominal capacity.

This 120.000 tons-per-year wood pellet plant is one of the biggest in South East Asia. It will supply high quality pellets to South Korean power plants and other markets.

The project is located in Sarawak, the Malaysian island of Borneo. It is a 120.000 t/y pellet plant, which uses several and diverse biomass residues from the region as raw material.


Cellmark AB, a Swedish multidisciplinary company with its main activity  trading of different products; Sarawak Timber Industries Corp, an important local timber organization in the region; and Derasas Jaya SBD a Malaysian machinery trading company are three main actors involved in the investment of the plant, which have created a Joint venture for it. The resulting pellet installation has been named “GPS” (GREEN PELLET SARAWAK).

The pellet plant is designed by PRODESA. In its execution, PRODESA has carefully studied together with the customer how to find the best approach of it with the manufacturing of the main equipment in Europe and some equipment in local workshops.

As stated above PRODESA plans to finish the startup of Malaysian plant at the end of September when the plant will be producing its nominal capacity.

Due to the specific requirements in the operation and maintenance in pellet plants, PRODESA´s Technicians will stay on site during the first two years: one plant manager and one production manager, both highly experienced, will supervise all the tasks and labors of the workers, and at the same time will continue training them.

It is usually said that it takes between one and two years for pellet plants to reach their maximal capacity. This is because of the period that it takes for local managers and workers to obtain the required operating and maintenance “know how”. With the help of PRODESA´s supervisors the plant will produce 100% of its production from the beginning, and when after two years these supervisors will leave the installation, local managers and workers will have no problems on obtaining the design pellet plant capacity after two years of continuous training.

In parallel, PRODESA has also finished the engineering stage of another project in the South-east of Asia. It is another pellet production plant, with the same capacity 120.000 t/y and a similar architecture, but this time placed in Vietnam.

Spanish company PRODESA continues its international expansion

Spanish company PRODESA continues its international expansion with signing an agreement with Portuguese paper company PORTUCEL to collaborate in a new pellet plant project in Greenwood County, SOUTH CAROLINA (USA). The future installation will have a pellet production capacity of 460.000 tons/year.

PORTUCEL started working on this project in 2012 and finally, three years later, under the name of “COLOMBO ENERGY” the Portuguese company has reached an agreement with all the suppliers of different lines and has started the site construction.  The total project cost is estimated at US$ 110 million.

PRODESA will supply the dry milling and pelletizing island, where 5 hammer mills and 15 pellet mills will be installed. Operation of the plant will begin in the third quarter of 2016. Produced pellet will be of the highest industrial quality (I1) and used for co-combustion in power plants.

Prodesa is participating as exhibitor at CMT’s 6th Biomass Pellets Trade & Power summit to be held from the 14-19 September in South Korea.