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11 August 2020, 19:33

Plans to sell Belarusian wood pellets to Europe

MINSK, 11 August (BelTA) – Belarusian fuel pellets will be exported to the European Union market, the press service of the Belarusian Forestry Ministry told BelTA.

The forestry enterprises where new pellet plants have been set up intend to export at least 10,000 tonnes of fuel pellets in August. The product will be shipped to Denmark, Poland, Italy, and other countries.

During a conference with subordinates Belarusian Forestry Minister Vitaly Drozhzha underlined: “At present the Bellesexport enterprise has to get in touch with end consumers. We should get rid of intermediaries and earn profits on our own. Very few customers know about Belarusian wooden boards in Europe simply because they are sold in someone else's packaging. We should radically change the situation.”

The press service noted that this year the Forestry Ministry has implemented a project to set up six pellet plants with the total output capacity of 156,000 tonnes. Modern high-tech enterprises have been set up in the Klichev forestry enterprise, the Pruzhany forestry enterprise, the Novogrudok forestry enterprise, the Borisov forestry enterprise, the Zhitkovichi forestry enterprise, and the Mozyr forestry enterprise. The projects were implemented using proprietary funding. About Br81 million was spent. The new enterprises created 75 jobs. Apart from that, an additional enterprise was established in the Kopyl experimental forestry enterprise.

BelTA reported earlier that there are plans to build at least six more pellet plants in Belarus. The product is intended for export and sells well in Europe and Asia these days. Close attention will be paid to the quality of fuel pellets. The establishment of a special lab to check the quality of the product is under consideration.

Since the beginning of the year the forestry enterprises have sold about 26,000 tonnes of fuel pellets to customers. The product was made by old enterprises and new ones.

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