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Ruling invalidates key permits for Kalama methanol project

From The Columbian:

U.S. environmental groups opposed to the Pacific Northwest becoming an international fossil fuels gateway scored a major victory when a Washington state board invalidated two permits for a $2 billion project to manufacture methanol from natural gas and export it to China.

Last week’s decision by the state Shorelines Hearings Board is […]

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Columbia River ports worry over Trump’s possible steel tariffs, impacts on other cargo

From the Daily News:

At least 870 jobs are directly tied to steel imports at the Ports of Kalama and Vancouver, so when President Trump starts talking about slapping tariffs on steel, Southwest Washington ports get understandably uneasy.

While the Trump administration delayed any decision on steel tariffs for several months, local ports and companies […]

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WA Department of Ecology approves Kalama Manufacturing & Marine Export Facility use permit

From a Port of Kalama new release:

The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) has approved the Shorelines Conditional Use Permit for the Kalama Manufacturing & Marine Export Facility (KMMEF).

The primary shoreline impact of the overall project is a marine terminal which will be built, owned and operated by the Port of Kalama. […]

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Port of Kalama says methanol mitigation plan won’t impede future projects

Excerpts from The Daily News:

Is the Port of Kalama giving up too much land for the Northwest Innovations methanol project? Will a 90-acre conservation set-aside undercut future development?

Cowlitz County Hearing Examiner Mark Scheibmeir on Monday approved two shoreline permits that would require the port to conserve 90 to 95 acres of land to […]

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Grain ship runs aground in Columbia River, returns to Kalama

Several hours after running aground in Skamokawa, Wash., the Nenita was refloated and towed back to Kalama for inspection and repairs. No injuries or contamination were reported.

From ‘Bulk carrier Nenita ran aground in Columbia river in USA’ in the Maritime Herald:

The bulk carrier Nenita ran aground in lower Columbia river near […]

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Public comment starts on methanol plant’s proposed dock work at Port of Kalama

From The Daily News:

The public will get another chance to voice their support or opposition for the proposed methanol plant at the Port of Kalama. Cowlitz County is accepting comments on the plant’s shoreline development plan throughout August.

Port of Kalama and Northwest Innovation Works submitted an application for substantial shoreline development to the […]

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With Tacoma off the table, Chinese methanol plans focus on two Columbia River ports

From Natural Gas Intel:

Multi-billion-dollar plans for three natural gas-consuming methanol plants in the Pacific Northwest were scaled back Tuesday to two plants as the largest proposed facility at Port of Tacoma, WA, was scrapped by the developer, a China-based consortium.

Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) officials said they were terminating their lease for a site […]

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Columbia River ports say new buoys would improve river efficiency

Ships on the lower Columbia River near Astoria

The Port of Longview commissioners recently agreed to contribute $168,000 toward the construction of three additional “stern” buoys to help prevent shipping bottlenecks in the lower Columbia River.

The contribution will help provide local matching money to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has received […]

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Kalama considers methanol project after Tacoma says no

NIW’s proposed methanol plant at the Port of Kalama, Wash.

From Oregon Public Broadcasting:

When Tacoma residents sized up a proposal to build a methanol plant and shipping facility, they saw it mostly as a source of toxic air pollution with a mighty thirst for water and a voracious appetite for electricity.

But that […]

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China-backed group eyes Pacific Northwest for trio of methanol refineries in Tacoma, Kalama, Port Westward

From The Associated Press:

The Pacific Northwest could become a major hub for methanol production if three proposed refineries are built along the Columbia River and Puget Sound.

A China-backed consortium, Northwest Innovation Works, has proposed two plants in Washington and a third in Oregon to convert natural gas to methanol, which would be shipped […]

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Maintenance dredging begins at Port of Kalama TEMCO site this fall

Port of Kalama News Release:

The Port of Kalama commission voted to award a maintenance dredging contract to the apparent low bidder, HME Construction, for $893,910.00. As part of a routine project to maintain the draft needed for large cargo ships the firm will remove dredged materials in front of the TEMCO Grain Terminal located […]

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Columbia River deepening sparks $1 billion in investments

Despite criticism from environmentalists, the $200 million Columbia River channel deepening project generated over $1 billion in capital investments since its completion five years ago, port officials and terminal operators say.

In a new report released by Port of Portland and Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, consultants studied the economic impact of the project that deepened […]

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Temco grain terminal expansion in Kalama nearly complete

The Daily News reports that the reopened terminal will boost employment to 120 during the grain-handling season, about double the current staffing. Temco handled about 2.75 million tons of grain exports in 2013 before closing for renovations in January of this year.

A $50 million expansion of the Temco grain terminal is nearing completion at […]

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Marubeni and ADM bolster export joint venture in U.S. Pacific Northwest

From an Archer Daniels Midland – Marubeni news release:

Archer Daniels Midland Company and Marubeni Corporation announced today that they have expanded Kalama Export Company LLC, their joint venture in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, as a result of Marubeni’s contribution of its grain export elevator operations at Terminal 5 in The Port of Portland, Oregon, […]

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Longshore Workers’ Vote Ratifies NW Grain Agreement; Union Workers to Return to Jobs on Wednesday

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 26, 2014) – Longshore workers who load grain in Pacific Northwest export terminals have voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies. The vote included members of ILWU Local 8 in Portland, Ore., and Local 4 in Vancouver, Local 21 in Longview, Local 19 in Seattle, […]

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