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Biofuel facility planned for Sandersville, Ga.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012 12:33 PM
Last updated 6:39 PM
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A $60 million wood pellet manufacturing plant is expected to create 35 jobs in Sandersville, Ga.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development announced Tuesday that General Biofuels Georgia LLC will construct a facility in Washington County that will open in early 2014.

The plant will manufacture industrial-grade wood pellets for a major European utility under a long-term contract. The plant’s capacity will be about 440,000 tons per year.

The feedstock will come from Georgia timberlands and local lumber producers. Pellets from the plant will be loaded into railcars for transport by the Sandersville Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railway to the Port of Savannah for storage and shipping, according to the development department.

“The biofuels industry in Georgia is growing by leaps and bounds. We have more commercial timberland than any other state in the country, as well as the workforce and the logistics infrastructure needed to move the product quickly and efficiently to market,” said Chris Cummiskey, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

General Biofuels Georgia is part of the General Biofuels group, headquartered in California. The company is an international developer of wood pellet and energy crop pellet manufacturing facilities.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/18/12 - 04:27 pm
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It is hard to get my head around the concept that scrap wood can be trucked to Washington County (fossil fuel), fashioned into pellets (fossil fuel), shipped by rail to Savannah (fossil fuel), shipped to Europe (fossil fuel), shipped by rail and/or truck to the end user (fossil fuel) in order to be used as boiler fuel; and the entire process is called biofuel.

Hey, if they make a profit it must be efficient. More power to them.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 09/19/12 - 08:36 am
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Isn't that the Tarbutton's stompin' ground?

Why the heck should they care what Augusta thinks about anything? They've got more more than God and getting richer all the time. Who wouldn't with a European utility in their back pocket.

GuyGene
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GuyGene 09/19/12 - 08:48 am
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Little, maybe it's kind of

Little, maybe it's kind of like the electric cars being called "green", when I keep reading that it takes a lot of oil/gas, etc. to produce an electric car. I don't know, but I am sure glad this plant is in GA!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/19/12 - 10:53 am
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Tarbutton

Fiat asked about Sandersville's being Board of Regents trustee Ben Tarbutton's stomping ground. Look at this from the story above:

Pellets from the plant will be loaded into railcars for transport by the Sandersville Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railway to the Port of Savannah for storage and shipping.

If I'm not mistaken, Sandersville Railroad Company is owned and run by Ben Tarbutton and other family members. How that gives him any credentials to run a state university system beats me.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/19/12 - 12:05 pm
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You are not mistaken.

You are not mistaken. At one point the Sandersville Railroad was the richest railroad company in the world on a per mile of track basis. Perhaps it still is, but their fortunes are slowly dwindling as the demand for Central Georgia kaolin wanes.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 09/19/12 - 03:48 pm
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Thanks, LL

That's the way I was remembering them as well. And you are right on the mark about that not being a legitimate qualification for deciding important matters for institutions of higher education.

Tarbutton could care less. It's not going to hurt his bottom line so why should he. Well, he should, but...

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 09/19/12 - 03:50 pm
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And now for my Red Thumb Troll

Think big, juicy raspberry.

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