Safety: our First Priority

Safety is our first priority – for NWIW facilities, employees, and surrounding communities.

Each NWIW facility will follow local, state, and federal regulations that address the safety of our employees and surrounding communities.  We will work closely with ports, local fire departments, emergency responders and state agencies to ensure we are prepared in the event of an emergency situation.  NWIW will develop emergency plans for local and state approval to address potential spills, fire and security at each site.  In addition, each facility will have a fully staffed, equipped and trained onsite fire brigade to provide emergency response should it be needed.

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Our Facilities: Safety Throughout Production

From natural gas supply pipeline, to processing and distillation, through storage and transport – our facilities will employ an enclosed system for handling natural gas, chemical processing, and the finished methanol product.  Processing and onsite storage facilities will use redundant systems and controls to avoid spills, fires and other risks to our community and the environment.  Once the product is ready for transport, it will be loaded onto  ships designed to the most technically stringent standards. 

The Methanol Production Process

An essential component of methanol production is natural gas.  Natural gas will be delivered to each facility by underground pipelines, a safer alternative than transport by rail or truck. More information about natural gas pipeline safety practices for our proposed Kalama facility can be found at the Williams Northwest Kalama Lateral Project website. Specific information about natural gas pipelines for future facilities will be posted on this site as it becomes available.

What is methanol?

Methanol, also known as “wood alcohol,” is a light and colorless liquid. Many everyday household products originate from methanol. Methanol is produced for commercial and industrial use, generating $36 billion in economic activity each year, while creating over 100,000 jobs. Methanol can be made from a variety of fossil fuels, including coal, oil, and natural gas. NWIW’s proposed facilities will use natural gas, a more economical and environmentally responsible method.

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