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As of November 8, 2016, the ports of Searsport and Eastport, Maine are announcing that they are prepared to begin exporting wood chips to India and the European Union, to be used as power generation feedstock, as soon as 2017.
Preparations have been underway since 2009 and involve perfecting a process called phytosanitation for heat treating the wood product to kill insects before transit. The news is being welcomed by Maine’s biomass industry, which has been dogged by paper mill closures and low oil prices for the past several years.
Image of wood chips courtesy of DOE.