NW Innovation Works is proposing to construct a two-phase $1.8 billion gas-to-methanol plant at Port Westward, an existing industrial park owned by the Port of St. Helens in Clatskanie, Oregon.
Nearby port tenants include two natural gas power generating stations with a third underway. There is also an ethanol and oil exporting facility at this location.
At the peak of construction the Port Westward facility will create up to 1,000 jobs. Once operational, the facility will employ approximately 200 full-time managers and workers, providing family wages plus benefits.
Working with the Community
NWIW will work closely with the Port of St. Helens, local agencies, and nearby communities. We are committed to being a good neighbor and to addressing questions about the proposed facility, including a proposed pipeline that will be required to provide natural gas to the plant. Though permitting for the pipeline would be handled under a separate process, we will work with the natural gas provider to ensure that the community is kept informed of the process and of how they can be involved.
For the NWIW facility, we expect to need local land use approvals as well as an air quality, water quality, and stormwater permits from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The public will be able to provide comments directly to each permitting agency once the permit application process is underway. We will post more information about each permitting process once it is known.
NWIW will work with the community to address any concerns that are identified during permitting and design, such as traffic, noise, safety, air, environmental impacts, or other questions about the facility. See the permitting section for additional information.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get involved?
The public will be able to provide comments directly to each permitting agency once the permit application process is underway. We will post more information about each permitting process once it is known.
When will the permitting process begin at Port of St. Helens, Oregon?
NWIW is currently conducting due diligence discussion with the Port of St. Helens regarding a long-term lease agreement and expects to begin permitting activities in 2016. We expect to need local land use approvals as well as an air quality, water quality and stormwater permits from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
The permitting phase of the project is expected to last 12-18 months once underway. Additional information will be posted as it is known.
What is the difference between LNG and methanol?
The two are very different. NWIW product and processes will not be similar to LNG. LNG is liquefied natural gas which must be pressured and stored cryogenically. LNG requires highly specialized facilities for storage, loading and transport of a natural resource material.
Methanol is a value-added manufactured product; it is not simply natural gas in another physical form. It is stored and handled at ambient temperatures and pressures.
How many jobs will be created?
When the project breaks ground, it will create 1,000 construction jobs. Once operational, the project will employ 200 permanent full-time managers and workers, providing family wages plus benefits.