Port of Columbia County votes to amend site development and option agreement for NEXT Renewables biofuels plant
In the United States (US), Port of Columbia County Commissioners in Columbia City, Oregon have recently voted to amend a site development and option agreement with biorefinery developer NEXTRenewable Fuels Inc., allowing the Port to consider leasing 80 acres to NEXT for an Advanced Green Diesel production facility.
According to a statement, the 80‐acre parcel is adjacent to the 25 acres NEXT recently secured from Teevin Bros, providing a contiguous 105‐acre site where NEXT plans to develop a facility to produce 37 500 barrels per day of renewable diesel. Both land parcels are zoned for industrial use.
This step affirms our commitment to Columbia County and will allow us to immediately move forward on permitting Oregon’s first Advanced Green Diesel production facility. Our unique product uses all renewable feedstock and will help Oregon and the nation meet clean fuels standards, said Lou Soumas, President, NEXT Renewable Fuels.
Specifically, the Port and NEXT have amended the Site Development and Option Agreement, which they entered into on September 12, 2018, to reflect NEXT’s selection of the 80‐acre property adjacent to its existing 25‐acre plot.
According to NEXT, the planned Advanced Green Diesel production facility is projected to create more than 200 full‐time, family‐wage jobs, generate more than US$12 million a year in local property tax revenues, and pay more than US$5.5 million Port fees. While the new site is in the Enterprise Zone, NEXT has committed that it will not accept any tax breaks, and will pay the full amount to the local community.
We are encouraged in this latest step to bring a renewable, environmentally friendly energy project to the Port District. NEXT will enhance our region, bringing jobs and economic impact and making Oregon a leader in renewable fuel production, said Doug Hayes, Executive Director of the Port of Columbia County.
NEXT recently announced an agreement to source its feedstock through BP Products North America. The feedstock will include used cooking oils (UCO), animal fats and tallows, greases and seed oils. NEXT’s feedstock will not include any virgin palm oil. Moreover, the NEXT facility will only be permitted or able to process renewable feedstock for biofuels.