NWIW is investing more than $2 billion in the construction of facilities at the Port of Kalama to meet the global need for clean methanol manufacturing. We are leading the clean-tech industry by setting new global environmental standards in the production of methanol and significantly reducing global greenhouse gas emissions compared to coal-based methanol.
The facility will generate full-time jobs and local revenue while protecting our environment. During construction, the facility will employ 1000 workers. Once operational, the facility will employ approximately 200 full-time managers and workers at family wages plus benefits. NWIW selected this site because Cowlitz County designated it for heavy industrial use, it is large enough to support the facility, and water and natural gas are available on or near the site. The shoreline is suitable for the construction of a dock large enough for the ships that will carry the methanol product. The site is located in an industrial park owned by the Port and nearby Port tenants include a manufacturing plant and other industrial facilities.
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The State of Washington reviews the environmental effects of proposals for manufacturing plants and the effects of this facility are in the middle of this process, which is carried out through a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) environmental impact statement (EIS). The Draft EIS was released for public review on March 3, 2016. The public comment period ended on April 18, 2016. The Final EIS was completed on September 30, 2016
Additional information about the EIS process is available on the Kalama SEPA website.
NWIW is working closely with the Port of Kalama, the City of Kalama, Cowlitz County, and Cowlitz County Fire District 5 to consider the unique site needs at the Port of Kalama. Our facility will meet and exceed local, state, and federal regulations that address the safety of our employees and surrounding communities. We are committed to working with the community to address any concerns that are identified during permitting and design, such as traffic, noise, safety, environmental impacts, or other questions about the facility.
Meanwhile, through a unique partnership with Lower Columbia College, NWIW will provide citizens with barriers to employment opportunities for paid job training and future jobs at our plant.
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The development of this facility will require multiple local, state, and federal permits and approvals. A list of required permits is included in Chatper 1 of the Final EIS. The first step in developing the environmental impact statement (EIS) occurred in 2014, when the scope of the EIS was determined. Scoping included a public comment period and a public meeting. During scoping, the Port and the County decided on the aspects of the environment that would be addressed in the EIS. The Draft EIS was released for public review on March 3, 2016. The public comment period ended on April 18, 2016. The Final EIS was completed on September 30, 2016.
For more information about the EIS process, please visit the Kalama SEPA website.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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What is methanol and why do we need it?
Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, is a clear, colorless liquid. It is found naturally at low concentrations in some fruits and vegetables, but is produced for commercial and industrial uses from natural gas or coal. Methanol is biodegradable and non-carcinogenic, but it is poisonous to humans if ingested or absorbed in more than small amounts. Methanol is used in many consumer and industrial products but is used primarily to make materials that are used to produce medical equipment, cell phones, car and bike parts, wind turbines and solar panels.
What are the economic benefits of the project?
Economic benefits during construction
§ More than $2 billion total project cost
§ Approximately $700 million in local spending on construction labor, goods, and services
§ $625.9 million in direct economic impact during construction
§ Approximately 1000 peak construction jobs
§ $57.9 million in state and local taxes
Economic benefits during operations
§ Nearly 700 total jobs during operations, including more than 200 family-wage direct jobs and indirect and induced jobs
§ $21 million in annual payroll for direct jobs
§ Estimated $30 to $40 million in annual tax payments to state and local authorities
What are the emissions from this project?
Almost all of the air emissions from the plant would result from the combustion of natural gas necessary for certain aspects of the process. The most significant emissions would be greenhouse gases (GHG). Smaller amounts of air pollutants also would be emitted. Washington’s requirements for preserving air quality are among the strictest in the nation, and these pollutants are subject to federal regulations as well. NWIW is committed to meeting all local, state, and federal air quality requirements.
By using Ultra-Low Emission technology (ULE) NWIW will reduce carbon emissions by up to 90 percent compared to coal to methanol manufacturing and 75 percent less than conventional methanol production. The Kalama Facility Final Environmental Impact Statement shows that air pollutants generated by our plant will be less than the screening level threshold and will not threaten human health.
What are the effects to local rivers, streams and other bodies of water?
The Draft EIS found that the project would not result in significant adverse impacts to water resources. NWIW is proud to be the first company along the Columbia River to invest in Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) technology, which will eliminate the discharge of all facility wastewater. The ZLD system recycles and reuses the water used at the facility and eliminates wastewater discharges to the environment. Most important, ZLD will eliminate our plant’s potential impact on the river water and aquatic life, an outcome that will preserve this region’s quality of life for generations to come.