Plan for Kalama methanol plant progresses

KALAMA, Wash. — Plans for a $1.8 billion methanol plant on the lower Columbia River at the Port of Kalama are progressing.

The Daily News reports Burlington Northern Santa Fe has agreed to sell 2 acres for access to the site, and the port and Northwest Innovation have hired a team of consultants to prepare permit applications. Studies are expected to take about a year.

Northwest Innovation is a partnership between the Chinese government and British Petroleum. The plant would produce methanol from natural gas for use as a fuel in Asia.

The plant would employ 1,000 workers during construction and 240 when it hopes to begin operating in 2018.

Northwest Innovation proposed a similar methanol plant on the Columbia River at Clatskanie, Ore.

More in Local News

Mill Creek councilman no longer lives in city, panel finds

The Canvassing Board determined Sean Kelly is not eligible to vote there.

A Democrat and ex-Republican team up to end two-party politics

Brian Baird and Chris Vance unveil a new organization called Washington Independents.

The beavers weren’t happy, either, about Mill Creek flooding

A tree fell on their dam, sending a rush of water into a neighborhood near Jackson High School.

Two windsurfers rescued from Port Susan near Kayak Point

The men had failed to return to shore during Sunday’s windstorm.

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s best images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

Stranger offered candy to student walking home from school

The Granite Falls School District is warning families about… Continue reading

Coming together as family

Special-needs students and teachers at the Transition Center cooked up a Thanksgiving feast.

Lynnwood’s property tax promise to homeowners sort of true

They were told consolidation of fire departments would save, but new rates likely will be more.

Woman who died in 5-car crash identified

A car driven by Susan E. Sill rear-ended another vehicle Wednesday on Smokey Point Boulevard.

Most Read