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Energy company to expand one pellet plant, build another

LUCEDALE and COPIAH COUNTY— Gulf Coast Renewable Energy is ramping up plans for a wood pellet plant in Lucedale, and plans to build another plant just as big in Copiah County.

The Mississippi Press reports that the company says it now plans to double the plant’s capacity to 320,000 metric tons of pellets a year — boosting its initial investment from $25 million to $40 million.

The company also said it would build a Copiah County plant also able to produce 320,000 tons a year.

In early March, vice president for engineering Gary Ogle said the George County plant would be designed to produce about 160,000 metric tons of pellets per year but that the company planned to double production within 3 years.

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