EASTPORT — A $7 million expansion of the port facilities in Eastport will help Maine provide wood products that will be part of a European biomass push.

Port Director Chris Gardner says port officials are also working with several different companies to export chips, wood pellets, stone and crushed rock.

The expansion will add 12 acres of flat loading space, a new warehouse and a state-of-the-art conveyor system to load and unload ships.

The port set a record last year by handling more than 400,000 tons of cargo, its most productive year ever.

Maine Senate President Kevin Raye of Perry tells the Bangor Daily News the expansion represents a true partnership between the state, the federal government and the Eastport Port Authority.


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