ProjectDrax Biomass Industrial Site, Access Road and Highway Design
Professional Services Provided:
Roadway and Bridge Improvements
In August 2018, Drax Biomass completed the move of its U.S. headquarters from Atlanta to Monroe, La., to be closer to the heart of its wood-based sustainable fuel business in the region, which exports wood pellets to the United Kingdom for use as a coal alternative fuel. The old empire is producing around 10 percent of its power through sustainable fuel sources, and Drax is a major contributor through plants like its Amite BioEnergy facility in Gloster, which produces around 525,000 metric tons of wood pellets each year. The tonnage has its start in the offices of Dungan Engineering, which designed a project to bring in the infrastructure needed to get the 62-acre plant up and running. Dungan’s plans called for the installation of 12-inch water main to supply the facility, a new pump station to connect the plant to the Town of Gloster’s wastewater system, and more than 4,000 feet of high-pressure gas line, hot-tapped to a 900-psi main. Where there is manufacturing, there are trucks, so Dungan also planned a complete rehabilitation of 1.5 miles of Highway 24 to make the plant accessible.