- Simon Zhang, CEO
CEO, NW Innovation Works, LLC
Simon Zhang has over 20 years’ experience successfully managing complex energy and industrial projects and has managed NWIW’s operations for the last four years. Before joining the NWIW development team, Mr. Zhang held a number of leadership roles at BP including Solar Global Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Chief of Staff of BP Global Chemicals, and Deputy Chief Financial Officer of BP-Sinopec Retail JV in Zhejiang, China. Mr. Zhang received degrees in chemical engineering from Tsinghua University (BS), Purdue University (MS), the University of Wisconsin (PhD), an MBA from the University of Chicago, and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Chief Commercial Officer and General Counsel, NW Innovation Works LLC
Kent Caputo serves as Chief Commercial Officer and General Counsel for NW Innovation Works and Pan Pacific Energy. As Chief Commercial Officer and General Counsel, Kent is responsible for commercial opportunities and partnerships, legal and contractual issues, regulatory compliance and interaction, strategic business and financial relationships, policy interaction, and marketing communications strategy. He oversees legal, regulatory, communications and external affairs resources, including internal and external management and staff, attorneys, consultants and issue experts.
Kent's 25t year career includes service as a legislative attorney and Legal Counsel to the Governor in Washington State, private legal practice representing developers, tribes, energy/pipeline and internet service providers, manufacturers and high profile media subjects, and executive experience as a COO with business, financial, project development and operational oversight.
Kent graduated as an Honors Scholar with a Bachelor of Science in Economics as well as a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. He earned a Master of Laws from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Vice President of Technology, NW Innovation Works, LLC
Mr. Eastland graduated from Imperial College in 1984 with a degree in chemical engineering and joined Davy Process Technology's London office, working in the Process Engineering department. Mr. Eastland worked as a Process Engineer in the petrochemical technology area before concentrating on methanol from the mid-1990s. He was part of the commissioning and start-up team for a methanol plant in Trinidad and was Commissioning Manager for a second plant. He then was the Lead Engineer for the BP Compact Reformer and Gas to Liquids demonstration plant in Alaska before becoming Technology Manager for Methanol at Johnson Matthey Davy in 1999. In 2008, Mr. Eastland moved into the role of Business Manager for Methanol and had a global responsibility for licensing Johnson Matthey Davy’s methanol technology.
Vice President of Engineering, NW Innovation Works, LLC
Ms. Luo has over 30 years of experience in technology development, engineering design, project management, plant operation, and Sino-foreign joint venture setup. She was the Project Engineering Team Leader for the BP Zhuhai PTA project and plant, and has served in various management roles in top Chinese engineering companies. She has a degree in chemical engineering from Tianjin University and is a Certified Senior Process Engineer.
Vice President of Energy Resources, NW Innovation Works, LLC
Mr. Riding has 34 years of experience in the energy industry covering a broad range of areas including resource acquisition, risk management, utility operations management, trading, and business development and marketing, primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining NWIW, he held various roles in resource acquisition and management, trading, marketing and business development, and finance for Puget Sound Energy, The Energy Authority and The Williams Companies.
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.
The Port of Kalama has owned the project site since 1979 and has prepared the site for industrial development. Other projects have been proposed for the site, but not built. The site is designated for heavy industrial use by Cowlitz County. The site is large enough for the project and is close to an existing natural gas transmission line. Water is available from the Port of Kalama. The shoreline is suitable for the construction of a dock large enough for the ships that will carry the methanol product. To learn more about the Port of Kalama visit www.portofkalama.com.
Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, is a clear and colorless liquid. It is found naturally at low concentration in some fruits and vegetables, but is produced for commercial or 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 to make many consumer products such as medical equipment, recreational equipment, technology devices, clothing and auto parts to name just a few.
The State of Washington reviews the environmental effects of proposals for manufacturing plants which are carried out through a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) environmental impact statement (EIS). The Final EIS was completed on September 30, 2016 and can be viewed at the Kalama SEPA website.
Project Details & FAQ
State Environmental Policy Act Documents
FSSEIS (Dec 2020)
Scoping Meeting Exhibits (July 2017)
EIS Scoping Notice (Sep 2016)
EIS Scoping Document (Sep 2016)
Draft EIS Notice (March 2016)
Draft EIS (March 2016)
Kalama Lateral Project
Final Second Supplemental Environmental Impact Study (FSSEIS) (Dec 2020)
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SSEIS) (Sep 2020)
Summary of FSEIS (Sep 2019)
Summary of Dept. of Ecology SSEIS Press Release (Feb 2019)
Summary of Dept. of Ecology SSEIS Get the Facts (Feb 2019
Initial Final Environmental Impact Statement (Sep 2016)
Cover letter, Fact Sheet, and TOC
Chapter 1: Summary
Chapter 2: Proposed Project and Alternatives
Chapter 3: Earth
Chapter 4: Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Chapter 5: Water Resources
Chapter 6: Plants and Animals
Chapter 7: Energy and Natural Resources
Chapter 8: Environmental Health and Safety
Chapter 9: Land Use and Shoreline Use, Housing, and Development
Chapter 10: Aesthetics and Visual Resources
Chapter 11: Historic and Cultural Resources
Chapter 12: Transportation
Chapter 13: Public Services and Utilities
Chapter 14: Noise
Chapter 15: Cumulative Impacts
Chapter 16: Public Comments
Chapter 17: Response to Comments
Chapter 18: Distribution List
All Final EIS Chapters - WARNING LARGE FILE