Nicholas Shanmac, September 3, 2014, Vancouver Business Journal
The port of Kalama has retained a trio of consultant teams to provide expert advice and technical assistance related to a proposed methanol plant at a port industrial park.
NW Innovation Works, a joint venture between Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) and BP, proposed the $1.8 billion port project, which involves the manufacturing of methanol from natural gas.
The port and NW Innovation Works have retained BergerABAM, under separate contracts, to conduct studies and design work focused on the port site and improvements that will be necessary for construction and operation of the facility, including for a new wharf. BergerABAM expects to complete the studies within 12 months.
Additionally, Portland-based Endeavour EHS will advise the port on environmental, health and safety issues. Cape International of Juneau, Alaska, will advise the port on issues related to the design of the dock and loading facilities.
The port also announced that Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) has agreed to sell two acres of land to the port that will be used to provide dedicated access to the plant.
“BNSF acted expeditiously on our offer to acquire the property because they recognize how important this jobs-creating project is to our community,” said Port Commission President Alan Basso in a press release. “We are very grateful for their cooperation.”
During construction, the plant would employ an estimated 1,000 workers. 120 would be employed in each phase of its operation, officials said.