Public hearing set for December 13, 2018

The Port of Kalama (Port) and Cowlitz County (County) released the draft supplemental environmental impact statement (DSEIS) for Northwest Innovation Works, LLC—Kalama (NWIW)’s proposed natural gas to methanol production plant and storage facility.

The Port and County are “co-lead agencies” overseeing environmental review of the proposal under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

The DSEIS includes a complete quantitative analysis of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the proposed project on a life-cycle basis, including the following sources:

GHG emissions attributable to construction of the project;

The DSEIS is available for viewing and downloading at:

Copies of the document are also available for review at the following locations:

Copies of the DSEIS on CD may be requested from the Port. Printed copies of the DSEIS are available for a fee through the Port.

Public comments on the DSEIS will be accepted for 45 days beginning November 13, 2018 and continuing to 5 p.m. on December 28, 2018.

A public hearing will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 13, 2018 at the Cowlitz County Event Center, 1900 7th Avenue, Longview, Washington 98632

Comments on the DSEIS can also be submitted by several methods:


By mail:
c/o SEPA Responsible Official
Port of Kalama
110 West Marine Drive
Kalama, Washington 98625

By email: seis(at)

About the Proposed Project

NW Innovation Works, LLC – Kalama and the Port of Kalama are planning to construct the
Kalama Methanol Manufacturing and Export Facility which would consist of a methanol manufacturing facility and a new marine terminal on approximately 100 acres on the Columbia River at the Port’s North Port site (the project site).

In related actions, Northwest Pipeline LLC is proposing to construct and operate the Kalama Lateral Project (the proposed pipeline), a 3.1-mile natural gas pipeline to the proposed project, and Cowlitz County Public Utility District No. 1 is proposing to upgrade electrical service to provide power to the proposed project.

The proposed methanol manufacturing plant would convert natural gas to methanol, which would be stored on site and transported via marine vessel to global markets, primarily in Asia. The methanol is expected to be used for the production of olefins, which are the primary components in the production of consumer products, such as carpet, plastic goods, and cell phones.

The proposed marine terminal would accommodate the oceangoing vessels that would transport methanol to destination ports. It would also be designed to accommodate general use by the Port as a lay berth where vessels could moor while waiting to use other Port berths.

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