Calpine Corp. representative to discuss project at Warrenton Community Center tonightWARRENTON - The proposed liquid natural gas receiving terminal at the tip of the Skipanon Peninsula will be the subject of a public meeting at 6 p.m. today in the Warrenton Community Center, 170 S.W. Third St.

Calpine Corp.'s Peter Hansen will explain what the company wants to do at the Warrenton site, discuss what is involved in an LNG receiving terminal and answer questions about the proposed facility. The meeting is hosted by the Port of Astoria.

The port leased the land at the mouth of the Skipanon River to Calpine Friday. Calpine will now draw up designs for the plant and start applying for permits from federal, state and local agencies. There will be many opportunities for the public to express opinions or concerns during the permitting process, expected to take two to three years, officials say.

The main features of the terminal will be two large cylindrical tanks, approximately 150 feet high and 250 feet in diameter. Tanker ships would deliver liquid natural gas from other countries to pipes connected to the tanks. The liquid would be stored in the tanks until it is needed, at which point it would be heated, turned into a gas, and put into pipelines that would carry it to Longview, Wash., where it would be distributed across the Pacific Northwest.

There will be a second public information meeting about the facility at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at the port's office at 1 Portway St., Astoria.

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