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Morrow Pacific project


  • Coyote Island Terminal to be constructed at publicly owned Port of Morrow for coal storage and barge loading
  • Coal barged to Port Westward Industrial Park for transloading
  • Stage 1, 3.5 million metric tons per year; Stage 2, 8 million metric tons per year
  • Environmental considerations: All facilities will be enclosed, barges will be covered and all operations will be designed to eliminate dust and spillage
  • Total capital investment of US$242 million, including US$152 million at 3.5 million metric tons and an additional $94 million at 8 million metric tons
  • Will create >2,100 temporary construction related jobs and >1,000 ongoing operations-related jobs

  • Ambre will pay US$850,000 in annual port fees to the Port of Morrow and US$850,000 to the Port of St Helens, based on the initial amount of 3.5 million metric tons
  • Ambre will pay an estimated US$1,610,000 in annual property taxes to Morrow County and US$787,000 annually to Columbia County at 3.5 million metric tons

The Morrow Pacific project is a proposed coal barging and transshipping operation involving two industrial sites on the Columbia River, in Oregon, USA.

Drawing inspiration from successful coal barging operations in other parts of the US and worldwide, Ambre Energy began negotiations with the Port of Morrow in Oregon, a site offering ample river frontage for barge loading infrastructure, excellent rail and highway access, and rail links to Powder River Basin coal mines. The end result is the Morrow Pacific project.

At the publicly owned Port of Morrow located 272 miles up the Columbia River near Boardman, Oregon, a wholly owned Ambre Energy subsidiary will construct Coyote Island Terminal. The terminal will be capable of unloading coal from incoming trains using the Port of Morrow’s existing rail loop. The coal will be stored in covered warehouses before being barged 219 miles downriver to a second site at Port Westward.

This site is an existing dock at the Port Westward Industrial Park, also located on the Oregon side of the Columbia River and approximately 50 miles from the Pacific Ocean. It is capable of receiving ocean-going vessels up to Panamax class. The coal in the barges arriving from Coyote Island Terminal will be transloaded directly onto ships berthed at the Port Westward dock. The ships will be loaded via a state-of-the-art, fully enclosed, floating transloading facility designed specifically for Ambre Energy.

The Union Pacific transcontinental rail line, also historically used by BNSF Railway, provides the Port of Morrow with a direct rail link to coal mines in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah, including Ambre Energy’s co-owned mining operations at Decker and Black Butte.

Initially, Ambre Energy anticipates shipping approximately 3.5 million metric tons of coal per year down the Columbia River, where the coal will be transferred to ocean vessels. At full capacity, the Morrow Pacific project will transport 8 million metric tons of coal per year.

Find out more about the Morrow Pacific project at www.morrowpacific.com