Company plans biomass power project in Longview

VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON - A company that had planned to build an ethanol manufacturing plant in Longview now wants to build a facility that would burn wood waste to produce electricity.

Vancouver, Wash.-based Northwest Renewable estimates the $72.5 million biomass plant will create up to 400 construction jobs and up to 70 permanent positions.

The Daily News of Longview reports that the company hopes to start construction next year. It says the proposed 24-megawatt plant would burn wood chips and other waste to generate steam, which would then drive a turbine to make electricity.

Northwest Renewable originally planned to make corn-based ethanol at the Longview site, starting in June 2008. But poor economic conditions in the alternative fuels industry kept the 31-acre site idle.


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