Consommation – Granulés de bois : on vous explique pourquoi le marché est en tension dans la Nièvre

Granulés de bois : on vous explique pourquoi le marché est en tension dans la Nièvre

A rebound in demand, points of sale without stock and others that would deliver drop by drop only to their loyal customers….

Getting supplies of wood pellets would be almost an obstacle course during this summer period, as several Nivernais distributors have confirmed to us.

“At the moment, we cannot speak of a shortage of pellets. I would say more that there are tensions. We’re like everyone else, we haven’t been able to keep up with the requests for about three weeks. The market is very tight. This phenomenon is general. It is located throughout the country”, regrets the manager of a Nivernais sales company who prefers to remain anonymous.

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He does not want to expand on the subject for fear of a panic effect among the population that, suddenly, would cause “overpopulation”. “Shouldn’t granules become as weird as pots of mustard?!” she says, visibly very worried.

According to this official, the neighboring departments would face a great shortage. “At Cher, I know that some vendors limit themselves to one pallet per household. We refuse to serve new customers. We favor our regular customers…”.

It’s taken us years to build our network, so we favor our local and loyal customers. You really have to send the message to people so that they don’t try to accumulate pallets.

An opinion shared by Isabelle Cassier, of Establishments Cassier Combustibles, based in Cercy-la-Tour: “Pellets, do we have them yes? But people tend to overdo it. We’ve had calls from Bourges, Dijon, even further afield… It’s taken us years to set up our network, so we favor our local and loyal customers. You really have to send the message to people so that they don’t try to accumulate pallets. Those who already have three, will they be more than enough for the winter? “.

She explains that the company has therefore chosen to limit the quantities and the delivery area.

“There are no major worries to have for the future…”

On behalf of Propellet, the national association of wood pellet heating professionals, the speech is meant to be reassuring. “There are no big worries for the future. You have to stay rational. The professionals (producers and distributors) do everything possible so that it is not lacking. Production volumes will also increase…. », announces Marie-Agnès Jallon, head of communication.

The association recognizes that the current international situation generates uncertainties in terms of energy and raw materials.

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The prices of gas, electricity and fuel oil have increased very sharply throughout Europe. Despite its particularities, the wood pellet heating sector is inevitably affected in terms of price and supply.

“We have an adjustment variable with the import. Today, with the war in Ukraine, imports are slowing down. The demand for pellet heating has also seen rapid growth. This is a positive situation since the pellet sector is an integral part of the energy mix to achieve the goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is to meet this goal that the government has put in place aid plans that have, in fact, led to a sharp increase in sales of wood-burning appliances.”

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in pellet plants

According to Propellet, the market would also be disturbed by strong demand from certain European countries (UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark) which, faced with high gas prices, are choosing to intensify the use of pellet power plants.

Today, the total consumption of power plants running on pellets would represent 17 million tons of the total consumption in Europe, or 35 million.

“The wood pellet heating sector is certainly young, but it is solid and has a long-term vision, as evidenced by its pace of development. Manufacturers and distributors offer extensive coverage throughout the country. Thanks to the expansion of certain production lines and the construction of new granulation plants, the sector expects an additional 1 million tons distributed between 2021 and 2024 and to double the production capacity by 2028”, concludes the Propellet communication manager.

In figures. Pellet production in France has taken off with a vengeance to meet demand, going from 50,000 tons in 2005 to 1.9 million tons in 2020, then to 2.4 million last year thanks to around sixty producers. The milestone of three million tons should be reached in 2024.

Geraldine Phulpin

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