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Port Arthur becomes important source of European energy
East Texas trees are being turned into renewable energy in the form of German pellets.
These pellets are gaining popularity as an energy source in Europe, and tons of pellets are being shipped to Europe from Port Arthur.
The pellets are made from dried wood chippings and have a high energy density.
Construction finished on these new silos in Port Arthur two months ago.
Trucks drop off loads of pellets which are stored in the silos.
Now 100,000 tons of pellets will be shipped to Europe from Port Arthur each month.
The port of Port Arthur signed a 25-year contract with German pellets.
Trucks transport the pellets from the German pellet mill in Woodville to Port Arthur.
Each truck holds about 60,000 pounds of pellets.
The trucks make trips back and forth 24 hours a day, seven days a week.