7 February 2024 | Passau

MaierKorduletsch expands pellet storage facility at bayernhafen Passau

Work begins on three additional silo towers – capacity to be doubled – total investment of around €1.2 million

MaierKorduletsch is investing around €1.2 million in the expansion of its existing wood pellet storage facility at bayernhafen Passau. Image source: bayernhafen Passau / M. Ziegler

Passau, 07 February 2024. More and more households as well as large-scale consumers and commercial enterprises are turning to wood pellets as a renewable energy source for their heating needs. Bavarian energy provider MaierKorduletsch is responding to the increased demand by expanding its existing pellet storage facility at bayernhafen Passau.

The company has been operating its wood pellet storage facility, consisting of three silo towers and a loading yard equipped with a vehicle weighing system, at bayernhafen Passau since 2020. The MaierKorduletsch Group is now investing around €1.2 million to add three more 30-metre high silo towers to the facility, doubling its storage capacity to around 8,000 tonnes. Construction began in January, with the silo foundations and bulk pit to be completed before the individual silo towers are erected. The new silos are scheduled to enter into operation in mid-2024.

Branch Manager Carsten Conrad is delighted with the project: “This investment will strengthen bayernhafen Passau’s position as a hub for sustainable energy. We very much appreciate the trust that MaierKorduletsch has placed in us and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them in the future.”

Produced from sawdust and wood shavings as a by-product of the sawmill industry, wood pellets are a regionally available and sustainable energy source. The pellet storage facility will enable the MaierKorduletsch Group to stabilise fluctuations in supply and demand. This is particularly important as the amount of sawdust available varies according to order books in the wood processing industry. Investing in additional storage capacity will therefore help to ensure that the availability of wood pellets in the region remains stable.

Lorenz Maier, Managing Director of the MaierKorduletsch Group, highlights the benefits of Passau as a business location: “Storage is playing an increasingly important role in the energy supply sector: the expansion of the storage facility is also an investment in ensuring the consistent availability of energy sources. Thanks to its trimodal connections, Passau is optimally prepared for all situations. We look forward to continuing and further developing our excellent partnership with bayernhafen.”

From left to right: Alexander Knaus, General Sales Manager of the MaierKorduletsch Group, Carsten Conrad, Branch Manager of bayernhafen Passau, and Lorenz Maier, Managing Director of the MaierKorduletsch Group, are pleased with the investment in additional storage capacity, which will provide an additional boost to the reliable supply of energy sources in the region. Source: bayernhafen Passau / M. Ziegler