Northwest Innovation Works

Proposed project canceled

On April 19, 2016, Northwest Innovation Works exercised its option to terminate its lease with the Port, effective immediately. The decision came after 24 months of studying the feasibility of developing a facility to convert natural gas to methanol at the former Kaiser smelter site.

Read the Port's news release about the project cancelation.

About the former Kaiser site

The Port of Tacoma bought the abandoned Kaiser Aluminum smelter in 2003. The sale included about 96 acres and related structures in the industrial area next to the Blair Waterway.

The Port purchased the property with the express intent to dismantle the facility, finish cleaning up the site and put it back into productive use to create jobs and economic growth for our community. 

Activity at Kaiser's Tacoma facility stopped in 2002 after more than 60 years. At full operation, the facility employed 350 people and was capable of producing about 73,000 metric tons of aluminum per year.

During the past 10 years, the Port has removed thousands of tons of waste from the site, dismantled buildings and cleaned up significant portions of the property. The Port's total cost to purchase the property and clean it up will add up to about $32.7 million.