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Permits Approved

Posted on 28th February 2017 at 09:04

The proposed Northwest Innovation Work methanol production and export facility at the Port of Kalama took strides toward completion, after the Cowlitz County Public Hearings Examiner approved two major permits for the project. Yesterday, Hearing Examiner Mark Scheibmeir approved the Subtantial Shoreline Development Permit and the Conditional Use Permit for the facility. However, Scheibmeir also denied an application from the company regarding the use of its docks as a lay berth for cargoes not related to methanol. Scheibmeir’s decision requires NWIW to use ultra-low emissions technology, and also calls for other environmental enhancement steps. Ships will be required to use shore power, rather than idling their engines for on-board electricity. This decision now goes to the Washington Department of Ecology for review and approval; a decision from that agency should be out early in April. Northwest Innovation Works is proposed to build a $1.8 billion methanol production facility, exporting that material to China, where it will be used in plastics manufacturing. Company officials are still shooting for having the plant up by early 2018.