Proposed Wood-Pellet Plant Planned For Duluth

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2010 Updated Nov 16, 2007 at 3:05 PM CDT

Hundreds of jobs could be coming to the Northland.
An Ireland–based company wants to build Minnesota's largest wood- processing pellet plant in Duluth.

The proposed wood pellet plant could employ up to 400 people.

The company behind the project is called Kedco out of Cork, Ireland.

The Biofuels program manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed Kedco is in the process of submitting paperwork for environmental review.

The plant would be called "Duluth Biomass Processing Facility".

Letters from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency outline environmental requirements for a pellet plant in Minnesota.

Mark Lindquist of the DNR says the Duluth Biomass Processing Facility would be a large plant, producing pellets for international export.

It's very early in the planning stages but talks have been going on since early September and those involved seem to think it could be a viable plan.

The MPCA documents say Duluth Biomass Processing would manufacture 500,000 tons of wood pellets a year from $1.2 million tons of green wood chips harvested within 60 miles of the plant.

The facility would cover 80 acres in the inner Duluth harbor.
The exact location of the plant is unknown, but it would be built in three phases over two years.