- Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

KALAMA, Wash. (AP) - In a story Sept. 4 about plans for a methanol plant on the lower Columbia River, The Associated Press reported erroneously how methanol from the plant will be used. The methanol will be used in plastics, not as fuel.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Plan for Kalama methanol plant progresses

Plan for Kalama methanol plant progresses; land sale, consultants hired for permit help

KALAMA, Wash. (AP) - Plans for a $1.8 billion methanol plant on the lower Columbia River at the Port of Kalama are progressing.

The Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1rxtrbc) Burlington Northern Santa Fe has agreed to sell 2 acres for access to the site, and the port and Northwest Innovation have hired a team of consultants to prepare permit applications. Studies are expected to take about a year.

Northwest Innovation is a partnership between the Chinese government and British Petroleum. The plant would produce methanol from natural gas for use in plastics in Asia.

The plant would employ 1,000 workers during construction and 240 when it hopes to begin operating in 2018.

Northwest Innovation proposed a similar methanol plant on the Columbia River at Clatskanie, Ore.

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