Kalama Lateral Pipeline gets federal nod

June 2016

Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) and Northwest have signed a pre-construction agreement for Northwest to construct a 3.1-mile, 24-inch diameter natural gas pipeline and related facilities extending from Northwest’s mainline to NWIW’s proposed methanol production facility planned for the Port of Kalama, all located in Cowlitz County, WA.

NWIW’s facility is proposed to be located at the port’s North Port Marine Terminal to produce methanol from natural gas. Methanol is a light and colorless liquid that is biodegradable and non-carcinogenic. Methanol proposed to be produced at the Port of Kalama will be shipped to global markets, where it will be used to produce olefins, the building blocks for a long list of everyday products, such as toys, clothing, cell phones, bottles, tires, nylon carpets and pharmaceuticals.

The proposed 3.1-mile route is the same preferred route as the previously filed Kalama Lateral Pipeline Project in Docket No. CP13-18, known as the “Timber Rock” route. The Timber Rock is based on safety, constructability and stakeholder input.

The proposed project will be built in 2017.