Leading Pellet Producer Drax Biomass Wins SBP Certificate

Drax Biomass has been awarded the first Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) certificate by SCS Global Services – a leading global third-party certifier. Drax won the certificate for its Morehouse BioEnergy and Amite BioEnergy wood pellet manufacturing facilities.

The SBP certification program is the world’s principal standard that recognized sustainable woody biomass production for use in industrial, large-scale energy production.

The biomass facilities at Amite and Morehouse have a production capacity of 450,000 MT of wood pellets annually. Drax sources its feedstock – mainly Southern Yellow Pine wood – from nearby privately-owned working forests.  The process involves collection and storing of thinnings, low-value roundwood, and harvesting residues that are debarked and chipped.  Drax also screens the woodchips for size consistency, and processes them into compressed pellets of uniform moisture, ash content and calorific value.

SCS has assessed Drax’s work at each stage of sourcing and manufacturing process. It also conducted an audit of Drax Biomass’s Baton Rouge Transit storage and shipping facility before awarding the certificate.

SCS has recently qualified as a certification body for SBP after a rigorous process involving review of SCS’ assessment procedures and personnel qualifications as well as  independent observation by SBP of the Drax Biomass facility audit conducted by SCS.

The SBP certification will enable Drax to play an increasingly vital role in responsible biomass pellet production.

More on SBP certification will be discussed at the 2nd Biomass Trade & Power Europe on 13-14 February, 2017 in Copenhagen.

Email Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218 for details for the event.