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Methanol plant developer plans public appearance in Longview

Methanol plant developer plans public appearance in Longview

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The developer of two proposed Lower Columbia methanol plants is making a public appearance this month in Longview to discuss his plans.

Murray “Vee” Godley, president of the Northwest Innovation Works, will be the keynote speaker at the Cowlitz Economic Development Council’s annual meeting at noon Feb. 27 at the Cowlitz Expo Center.

Chinese-owned Northwest Innovation has proposed building twin $1.8 billion methanol plants at the Port of Kalama and Port Westward near Clatskanie. The two plants would employ 480 full-time workers, 240 at each site, when they are built in two phases.

The project is one of the largest in the region’s history and would create about 2,000 construction jobs. Godley said he hopes to start simultaneous building of the two plants next year and complete the first phase in 2018.

Northwest Innovation still needs to obtain permits to build the plants. Workers would pipe in natural gas to mix with other chemicals to manufacture methanol, which is used to make plastic.

The luncheon costs $30 for EDC members and $40 for non-members. Call 423-9921 or email nelson@cowlitzedc.com for more information.

The Daily News, Longview, Wash.

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