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Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 9:15am

Statement from Vee Godley, President, NW Innovation Works

The Shorelines Hearings Board issued a decision to all parties involved in the NW Innovation Works Shorelines permitting process.  The Board held that the EIS should not have relied on the Department of Ecology’s SEPA Greenhouse Gas Guidance document.  We are disappointed in the Shorelines Hearings Board’s order because the EIS followed both the letter and intent of Ecology’s guidance.  While Ecology has indicated that it is in the process or reviewing and updating that guidance, the existing guidance document remains the only guidance in Washington for how an EIS should evaluate greenhouse gas impacts, and Ecology’s website continues to direct state and local governments to use this guidance.   We understand that the environmental policy in this state is evolving and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with regulators, stakeholders, and environmental and business leaders to do our part to provide greater certainty and positive impact for our state’s economic and environmental goals.”  

From this morning’s Daily News - - Cowlitz County this week asked the state shorelines hearings board to reconsider parts of its decision to reverse two key permits needed for the $1.8 billion project.  In its petition, the county largely agreed to follow the board’s demands to conduct a more thorough review of the impact of greenhouse gas emissions.  The Port of Kalama also filed documents this week supporting the County petition. Northwest spokesman Richard DeBolt said the company remains committed to the $1.8 billion project, which would turn natural gas into methanol for making plastics in Asia. “We’re committed to finishing this (environmental review) process, and we’ll keep moving forward,” DeBolt said.
Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 9:45pm

It was a beautiful day yesterday at the Port of Kalama as Gov. Inslee oversaw the signing of the construction agreement between NW Innovation Works (NWI) and Johnson-Matthew Technologies to provide ultra low emission reforming technology to the $1.8 billion methanol manufacturing facility. The CEDC began working on this project in collaboration with the Port, Chinese officials and many other partners in the Fall of 2013. It is rewarding to see the incredible progress that has been made due to the dedication of NWI, the Port, the State and Cowlitz County. The project is projected to bring 1,000 construction jobs and over 200 family wage jobs to the Port and Cowlitz County. Fun to celebrate the progress!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 2:45pm

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:00am

Northwest Innovation Works signs lease with Port of Kalama for corporate offices

With momentum building on permitting and construction of the company’s Kalama methanol manufacturing plant, Northwest Innovation Works moves its corporate headquarters to the Port of Kalama

Kalama, WA (January 29, 2015)—Northwest Innovation Works this week signed a lease agreement for approximately 6,000 square feet of office space at the Port of Kalama. The company will lease the building that formerly housed the Port of Kalama administrative offices at 380 W. Marine Drive, Kalama. The three-year lease agreement becomes effective on February 1, 2015.

The Port of Kalama commission voted in April 2014 to approve a lease agreement with NW Innovation Works to build and operate a manufacturing plant on port property that would produce methanol from natural gas after receiving environmental and regulatory approvals. The company now moves its corporate offices to Kalama next month.

“The initial lease with Northwest Innovation Works last spring for the methanol plant was a landmark opportunity for the Port, and we are equally delighted that the executive team has chosen to move their headquarters to Kalama,” said Port of Kalama commission president Randy Sweet.

“Kalama’s central location will provide a good platform for us to manage permitting and construction for all of our proposed facilities in Washington and Oregon,” said Murray “Vee” Godley, president of Northwest Innovation Works. “We are very pleased to become even more a part of the Kalama community.”

The methanol produced at NWIW facilities will be exported to global markets, including China, where it will be used to make olefin, a compound used in the production of many every day products. Additional information about NW Innovation Works can be found at