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CEDC Meeting

Posted on 28th February 2014 at 17:02

It was a packed house at the annual meeting of the Cowlitz Economic Development Council, with upwards of 250 people coming in to hear from Vee Godley and Rick Desimone of Northwest Innovation Works, as they talked about the methanol production and export facilities being proposed for Kalama and Clatskanie. Godley says that people need to know that this is an “and” situation, not “either-or.” He says that the Chinese want all of the methanol that these plants would produce, plus more…nwinnovations…Godley says that they’re still in the site review and permitting stages for both facilities, but they still have a plan to break ground next year. The goal is to have the first phases at each facility completed and in production by 2018; as soon as production begins, construction on the second phases at each site would begin. The methanol produced at these plants would be taken by ship to an existing customer in China, where it would be converted to “olefins,” which are used in a wide ranges of manufactured products.