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Port Westward Generating Project

Facility: The facility is a 650-megawatt natural gas combined-cycle combustion turbine system.

Status (Operating/Under construction): Phase 1 is operating. Phase 2 is under construction.

Location: Columbia County, 4.5 miles north of Clatskanie (map)

Certificate Holder: Portland General Electric

Contact Information

Arya Behbehani
Duane Kilsdonk
121 SW Salmon St. 3WTCBRO05
625 Marion St. NE
Portland, OR 97204
Salem, OR 97301-3737
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Project Status (Table details will be updated as project progresses)
Amendment 10
Request for Amendment #10: An amendment may be requested to extend the deadline for beginning or completing construction. An amendment must also be requested to design, construct or operate a facility in a manner different from the description in the site certificate if the proposed change 1) could result in a not previously addressed significant adverse impact to a resource protected by Council standards, 2) could impair the certificate holder’s ability to comply with site certificate conditions, or 3) could require a new condition or change to a condition in the site certificate.
Chair authorization of expedited review (OAR 345-027-0080(2))
May 28, 2013
June 14, 2013
June 20, 2013
Deadline to submit public comments on the request for amendment #10
July 8, 2013
Proposed Order: The proposed order includes findings of fact, recommended conclusions regarding compliance with council standards and recommended site certificate changes for construction, operation and retirement of the facility required due to the amendment requested.
July 22, 2013
July 19, 2013
Deadline to submit public comments on the proposed order
July 31, 2013
Contested Case: A contested case is not automatic. Any person may request that the council hold a contested case proceeding on the proposed order. Under OAR 345-027-0070(6), a contested case request must be in writing and include (1) a description of the issue(s) the person is contesting; (2) a statement of the facts the person believes to be at issue; and (3) the person’s mailing and e-mail addresses. Issues identified must be within the council’s jurisdiction and relate to an applicable siting standard. Under 345-027-0070(7), the council will approve a request for a contested case only if the request raises a significant issue of fact or law within the council’s jurisdiction that may affect its determination that the facility, with the change proposed by the amendment, meets an applicable standard.
Contested case hearing
To be determined
Hearing officer recommended contested case order
To be determined
Final Order and Site Certificate: Following the comment period for the proposed order and any contested case proceeding, the council decides whether to issue an amended site certificate. The council grants an amended site certificate if at least four members of the council agree that the amendment meets all council standards. The council issues its decision to amend the site certificate in a final order on the amendment. No public comment is taken on this project at the council meeting.
Council meeting
Aug. 2, 2013
Aug. 2, 2013
Aug. 23, 2013
Aug. 28, 2013
Project Status (Table details will be updated as project progresses)
Site certificate amendment #9: Extended the deadline for completion of construction of Unit 2 to 2015 and extended the deadline to make full beneficial use of water under Transfer T-10955 to October 2015.
March 21, 2013
March 15, 2013
Site certificate amendment #8: Extended deadline for completion of construction of Unit 2 to 2013.
Sept. 28, 2011
Aug. 19, 2011
Site certificate amendment #7: Authorized construction and operation of Unit 2 as multiple dual fuel reciprocating engine-generator sets and/or aero derivative combustion turbine generators with a combined nominal generating capacity of up to 200 megawatts and expanded the facility by 8.5 acres.
March 22, 2010
March 12, 2010
Site certificate amendment #6: Extended construction completion date for Unit 1 to May 2011.
April 19, 2009
March 27, 2009
Site certificate amendment #5: Allowed a secondary natural gas pipeline connecting the plant to the existing NW Natural Beaver Lateral Pipeline.
Oct. 2, 2006
Sept. 29, 2006
Site certificate amendment #4: Allowed temporary use of 6.08 acres of land for construction laydown and staging.
Temporary order on amendment #4
July 11, 2006
Feb. 10, 2006
May 19, 2006
Site certificate amendment #3: Added an auxiliary boiler, deer exclusion fencing, seven-cell cooling tower and construction and operation of the switchyard to the Unit 1 energy facility; added new intake structures, temporary staging and laydown areas, spoils disposal area to the related or supporting facilities; made modifications to the demineralized water pipeline, the outfall connection and transmission lines; reduced the required retirement funds and added and modified conditions regarding habitat protection.
Jan. 31, 2005
Jan. 28, 2005
Site certificate amendment #2: Extended date to begin construction to November 2006 and deadline to complete construction to May 2009; provided an option of an alternate layout; and amended two conditions related to the new riparian overlay zone.
Oct. 13, 2004
Sept. 24, 2004
Amended site certificate #1: Added a natural gas compression station and dead-end transmission structure to the facility; increased the number of transformers; switched the location of setting basin and tanks; added water lines, communication lines and a 13.8-kilovolt backup electricity line; modified water sources and authorized the development of both units in two distinct phases.
Dec. 16. 2003
Dec. 5, 2003
Nov. 8, 2002
Nov. 12, 2002