RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A manufacturer of processed biomass fuel in the U.S. and Europe is planning to establish a wood pellet manufacturing operation in Southampton County.
Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday that Enviva plans to invest $75 million for the project, creating 64 jobs.
The project is contingent upon the property where the plant will be located being rezoned by Southampton County.
Enviva has been supplying wood chips and wood pellets to customers in the U.S. and Europe since 2007. It operates wood pellet manufacturing facilities throughout the southeastern U.S., as well as in Belgium.
McDonnell approved a $300,000 grant from the Governor's Opportunity Fund for the project. Enviva also will receive funding from a grant administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.