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Georgia Ports Authority, Logistec to expand Brunswick port terminal's capacity


Last week, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) and marine and environmental services provider Logistec USA Inc. signed an agreement to modernize the Port of Brunswick’s East River Terminal to accommodate a growing international market for wood pellets.

Logistec will provide $5 million to help expand the terminal’s capacity. Under a first phase, the partners plan to upgrade the terminal to handle up to 1 million tons of wood pellets and chips annually. To begin in September and conclude in January 2012, the project calls for deepening three berths and upgrading a docks and handling facility.

After wood pellets are transported to the port terminal, Logistec loads the pellets into ships bound for biomass power plant utility companies in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia and other European countries.

“The significant expansion and installation of new infrastructure at East River Terminal will accommodate Georgia’s export for biomass fuels and create jobs throughout Georgia’s transportation, logistics and forest industries,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz in a prepared statement.

The Port of Brunswick is served by the Golden Isles Terminal Railroad, a Genesee & Wyoming Inc.-owned switching railroad that interchanges with CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway.

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