The first Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) certificates issued by SCS Global Services (SCS), a leading global third-party certifier, were presented this week to industry leader, Drax Biomass Inc., for its Morehouse BioEnergy and Amite BioEnergy wood pellet manufacturing facilities.
This certification follows on the heels of last month’s announcement that SBP had approved SCS as its newest certification body. The SBP certification program is the world’s foremost standard for sustainable woody biomass production for use in industrial, large-scale energy production.
The Drax Biomass Amite and Morehouse facilities are each equipped to produce up to 450,000 metric tons of wood pellets each year. Thinnings, low-value roundwood, and harvesting residues are gathered and stored, then debarked and chipped.
Woodchips are screened for size consistency, then dried and further processed into compressed pellets of uniform moisture, ash content and calorific value. The assessment by SCS included a comprehensive evaluation of each stage of the sourcing and manufacturing process, as well as an audit of Drax Biomass’s Baton Rouge Transit storage and shipping facility.