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February 25, 2014

Two methanol plants could create 2,000 construction jobs

  • A partnership between the Chinese government and British Petroleum wants to build one plant in Kalama and one across the Columbia River in Oregon. Total cost: $3.6 billion.
    Associated Press

    LONGVIEW, Cowlitz County — Low natural gas prices are causing a boom in methanol manufacturing nationwide, and the Lower Columbia region should be quick to seize on the skilled jobs and tax revenue that the clean industry will bring.

    That's the message from officials on the Gulf Coast, which is the center of the boom and has a long history with methanol production. Residents here should be thrilled that a Chinese company wants to build two $1.8 billion methanol plants in Kalama and Clatskanie, they say.

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