Port of Longview commissioners will hold two special meetings Wednesday about Haven Energy’s proposed propane and butane export terminal in Longview. The meetings are at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The meetings, which will take place at the Cowlitz Expo Center, will allow the company to make a public presentation about the proposal and give citizens a chance to ask questions.

Last week, Haven announced it wants to build the $275 million terminal at the port’s vacant Berth 4. The project would create 2,000 construction jobs for the 21-months needed to build it, according to the company.

Haven officials say the completed terminal would create 110-125 full-time permanent jobs, including 26 to 35 direct company jobs and 22 direct railroad and maritime industry jobs — all at what the company described as above-average wages.

Liquid propane and butane would be shipped from North Dakota by rail car at an average of two 100-car-long trains every three days. Haven President Greg Bowles said the trains would use the existing rail corridor and not effect public roads. From the rail cars, liquid products would be transferred to two 100-foot-tall concrete storage tanks before eventually making its way to oceangoing ships bound for Hawaii, Mexico, the U.S. Pacific Coast and Asia.

Port and Haven officials say the meetings demonstrate their willingness to subject the project to public scrutiny.

“We’re actually going to do this out in the open and invite public participation in the process,” said Port Director Geir Kalhagen.

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Shari Phiel covers business and the economy for The Daily News. Reach her at 360-577-2510 or sphiel@tdn.com.


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