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Port of Tacoma Authorizes Preliminary Lease for Natural Gas Processing Plant
The Port of Tacoma commissioners today authorized a lease with Northwest Innovation Works, the investment group interested in building a natural gas processing plant on the site of the old Kaiser Aluminum Smelter site in the tide flats.
The lease has a "feasiblity period" built in, during which the investment partners can complete an in-depth analysis of the many factors involved in building such a facility.
million billion plant will ultimately employ 200 permanent workers, and create up to 1,000 temporary jobs at the peak of construction.
With the okay from the Port, NWIW can now begin the work of getting permits from the City of Tacoma and other agencies, and completing the more serious environmental and other feasibility studies needed before construction can get the green light.
Governor Inslee called the public-private partnership "another milestone for our state’s clean energy future." NWIW is "honored" to partner with the Port, and looks forward to a long relationship. We haven't yet seen an independent statement on either environmental or public safety impacts.
Read the full NWIW press release here. Also, previously from Exit133: $1.8 Billion Gas Conversion Plant Proposed for Old Kaiser Smelter Site
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