Eden chip mill makes strong recovery in challenging year

Eden chip mill makes strong recovery in challenging year

Eden's chip mill and export facility has made a strong recovery after the devastating January fires damaged the Edrom Rd site and much of the timber supply from the surrounding area.

Around 785,000 tons of export wood products, including plantation logs, plantation wood chips and native woodchips will have been delivered to export markets by the end of 2020.

Salvaged plantation pine and salvaged plantation hardwood makes up 73 per cent of the total volume of logs and wood chips, which will have been loaded on to 25 ships in Twofold Bay.

Pentarch Forestry said its Eden operation had generated approximately $75million into the economy through payments to staff and contractors and the purchase of wood supplies.

"This result is great news for staff and suppliers of Pentarch Forestry as well as the NSW southern region and East Gippsland whose economies benefit greatly on the success of the operation," the company said.

Pentarch Forestry chief executive Paul Heubner said the company's resolve to overcome the challenges of 2020 confirms its commitment to its staff, contractors, and the local community.

"This significant achievement comes just 11 months after the bushfire damaged the Eden facility," he said.

"The commitment and efforts of our staff and contractors, the support of the Federal and NSW governments as well as the Bega Valley Shire Council and the community, have been fundamental to the business's success."

He said the Eden facility was now well positioned for 2021 and the development of the high-tech timber processing hub.

"We thank everyone who supported us throughout 2020 and we look forward to working with you in 2021," Mr Heubner said.

Eden 2020 Total Wood Product Exports

Total volume of wood product exports: 785,000 tons

Export logs (salvaged plantation pine): 528,000 tons

Export chip (salvaged plantation hardwood): 45,000 tons

Export chip (plantation hardwood): 81,000 tons

Export chip (salvaged native timber): 131,000 tons

Export log vessels loaded at Eden Log Export Terminal: 19

Export chip vessels loaded at chip mill wharf: 6