Solvay announced it will build a soda ash shipping facility with partner Vancouver Bulk Terminal in the Port of Vancouver in Washington.

Solvay announced it will build a soda ash shipping facility with partner Vancouver Bulk Terminal (VBT) in the Port of Vancouver in Washington. Officials say the companies will redevelop Terminal 2, Berth 7 at the Port of Vancouver. Work is set to begin in 2024 and be completed in early 2026. 

Solvay Soda Ash and Derivatives is a provider of soda ash for glass manufacturers. VBT is a bulk commodity shipping and logistics company. 

The reconstructed facility will be able to process more than 2.5 million tons of soda ash annually. Officials say the expanded capacity will support Solvay’s Green River, Wyo., soda ash operations. The terminal will also add crucial export capacity to the North American soda ash industry.

“The Port of Vancouver USA is incredibly excited to welcome Solvay to the port and grow our role as a leading ‘green energy gateway’ on the U.S. West Coast,” says Alex Strogen, chief commercial officer for the Port of Vancouver. “Not only is soda ash a critical commodity for a vibrant economy, but it’s also essential for manufacturing lithium-ion batteries that power EVs and the glass panels used in the solar industry.” 

Officials say Terminal 2 is tailored for bulk soda ash storage and handling. VBT’s plans for the facility include improved rail service, a new enclosed storage space and conveyance and a modern efficient ship loader design. 

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