Morrow Pacific project seeks bids for construction of 20 specialty barges

May 03 2012
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Morrow Pacific project seeks bids for construction of 20 specialty barges by local contractors, creating over 300 local construction jobs

PORTLAND, Ore. — April 24, 2012 — The Morrow Pacific project seeks bids from local companies Gunderson and Vigor Industrial. “We are committed to hiring local companies and look forward to doing business in Oregon,” said Clark Moseley, CEO of the Morrow Pacific project.

The bid, to create 20 enclosed barges is valued at approximately $70,000,000 and will create over 300 local construction jobs over the next two years. “This is the first of several bids. Over the next two years the Morrow Pacific project will invest over $150,000,000 in Oregon,” said Moseley.

“This bid is an opportunity for Gunderson and Portland’s working waterfront and an investment that would put Oregonians back to work,” said Bill Furman, CEO of the Greenbrier Companies, the parent company of Gunderson.

“A project of this size would create hundreds of good jobs for welders, fabricators and others,” added Frank Foti, CEO of Vigor Industrial. “These industrial jobs are crucial to strengthening our communities, our state and our nation. Vigor and our new-build US Fab unit look forward to responding to the bid.”

Due to the size of the project, Morrow Pacific anticipates hiring multiple companies to complete various aspects of the work. The project has option agreements with both the Port of Morrow and Port of St. Helens and has submitted permits to the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of State Lands.

The Morrow Pacific project is being developed to provide an enclosed export route for low-sulfur coal from the Powder River Basin to U.S. trade allies in the Asia-Pacific market. The Morrow Pacific project was designed after listening to the input and concerns of local communities and environmental groups.

About the Morrow Pacific project
The Morrow Pacific project will ship low-sulfur coal by rail from the Powder River Basin to an enclosed warehouse at the Port of Morrow. From there, enclosed barges will move the coal to Port Westward Industrial Park at the Port of St. Helens. An enclosed transloader will then transfer the coal from barges to oceangoing vessels bound for Asian trading allies, such as Japan, South Korea or Taiwan. The Morrow Pacific project raises the bar for environmental standards in coal export operations. Between the Port of Morrow facility until it arrives in Asia, there will be no visible coal and little, if any, coal dust.

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