By Shari Phiel, September 10, 2014, The Daily News
Two months after lamenting a lack of progress, Port of Longview officials said they are “finding common commercial ground” in lease negotiations with a Texas firm that wants to build a giant propane and butane export terminal here.
Port CEO Geir-Eilif Kalhagen told port commissioners Tuesday that negotiations with Haven Energy progressed considerably in the last week, according to a port press release.
Although there are still details to be ironed out, Kalhagen said the port has closed “a lot of the gaps” as it bargains with Haven for lease of port property and dock use.
Haven’s proposal would bring liquid propane and butane by rail to two storage tanks at the port, before being loaded on to ocean-going vessels headed to markets in Hawaii, Mexico and Asia. Haven Energy estimates the Longview terminal would receive two train every three days and about 30 vessels a year at full operation.
The project is expected to create about 2,000 jobs during the construction phase and between 110 to 125 direct and indirect jobs at full build out.