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The Port Westward Renewable Fuels Project is a proposed renewable fuels production facility capable of processing up to 50,000 barrels per day (BPD) of renewable biomass feedstocks, to be located at the Port Westward Industrial Park in Columbia County, Oregon. At full capacity the facility will be designed to produce up to 46,500 BPD of renewable diesel and 2700 BPD of renewable naphtha.

Exempt. The Department received a Request for Site Certificate Exemption on November 9, 2020. Next Renewable Fuels Oregon, LLC sought an exemption under ORS 469.320(2)(f) which authorizes site certificate exemptions for facilities which demonstrate the following: a biofuel production facility that has local land use approval and that requires no transmission lines or pipelines that would require a site certificate; that produces a fuel, at least 90 percent of which is used in an industrial or refueling facility located within one mile of the facility or is transported from the facility by rail or barge; and that emits less than 118 pounds of carbon dioxide per million Btu from fossil fuel used for conversion energy. Following a determination of completeness on the Request for Site Certificate Exemption, the Department issued a Notice of Filing and a Proposed Order.  Council approved an Order Granting the Request for exemption at its May 27, 2022 meeting.

​Clatskanie, Oregon​ 

Applicant/Certificate holder: NEXT Renewable Fuels Oregon, LLC
ODOE contact: Walter Adams
Applicant/Certificate holder contact: Christopher Efird


Project Timeline

Additional Documents
Incompleteness Determination and Request for Additional Information
Applicant’s Response to RAI-1
Evaluation of Exemption Request and Response to RAI-1


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Exhibit Files Reference

  • Exhibit A: Applicant Information 
  • Exhibit B: Project Description
  • Exhibit C: Property Location and Maps
  • Exhibit D: Organizational Information
  • Exhibit E​: Permits Required
  • Exhibit F: Property Ownership 
  • Exhibit G: Materials Analysis
  • Exhibit H: Geology and Soil Stability 
  • Exhibit I: Soils
  • Exhibit J: Wetlands
  • Exhibit K: Land Use
  • Exhibit L: Protected Areas
  • Exhibit M: Financial Analysis
  • Exhibit N​: Non-generating Facility Information
  • Exhibit O: Water Requirements
  • Exhibit P: Fish Wildlife Habitat 
  • Exhibit Q: Threatened and Endangered Plants and Animals
  • Exhibit R: Scenic Aesthetic Values 
  • Exhibit S: Cultural Resources
  • Exhibit T: Recreational Facilities 
  • Exhibit U: Public Services
  • Exhibit V​: Waste Minimization 
  • Exhibit W: Site Restoration
  • Exhibit X: Noise 
  • Exhibit Y: Carbon Dioxide Emissions 
  • Exhibit Z: Cooling Towers  
  • Exhibit AA: EMFs – Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • Exhibit BB: Other Information
  • Exhibit CC: Additional Statutes Rules Ordinances
  • Exhibit DD​: Other Specific Standards