Player Design Inc. (PDI) has been selected to provide full EPC services to deliver a turn-key pellet plant for the Delta Biofuels’ project in Louisiana, a $100 million renewable fuel production facility in Jeanerette, LA. The facility will pelletize sugarcane waste and is expected to produce 340,000 metric tons of bagasse pellets annually. The contract includes the delivery of two 17 ft. x 70 ft. PDI dryers, each featuring a 100 million BTU/hour furnace.
This is not the first pellet plant for which PDI has served as the EPC contractor in the company’s history, and it certainly will not be the last. PDI has provided full EPC for turn-key pellet facilities for FE Wood Natural Energy, MaineFlame, and is a well-known supplier of EPC drying and energy systems in the pellet industry in North America and Asia. They’re also very experienced in drying biomass, hemp, engineered wood products, and converting bakery residuals to animal feed.
Tyler Player, President, Player Design Inc. comments: This is the natural growth of our capabilities as a full-service provider of pellet and drying plants. With the drying and energy systems being such a cornerstone of successful operations, the guaranteed performance and capital cost of the facility were already something we provided. Adding the PAL pellet presses and other systems was a logical step to rounding out our complete package. Our process engineering knowledge and global expertise in construction made this an easy transition. Knowing what will work, and making certain to fix any mistakes is critical to the success of Delta Biofuels, and our willingness to share risk and resolve fault has been the basis for all of our success
PDI is excited to work the project for Delta Biofuel through to completion—the first of its kind in North America to dry and pelletize bagasse to manufacture biomass fuel on a commercial scale. Construction in Iberia Parish is expected to begin in late June, with long-term feedstock purchase agreements already in place, as well as several long-term contracts with power utility companies located primarily in Europe for the sale of more than 1.8 million tons of pellets over the next several years.