Thursday, February 2, 2012

Maine Natural Gas proposes new gas pipeline to Augusta

NEW GLOUCESTER, Me. - Maine Natural Gas (MNG) has begun discussions with potential large customers for the development of a natural gas distribution system to serve Augusta, Me.

Maine Natural Gas is a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, which is also the parent company of Central Maine Power.

"This is a great opportunity to provide new energy options for homes and businesses in the Augusta region," said Bob Kump, CEO of Iberdrola USA. "As with our $1.4 billion investment in Central Maine Power's electrical system, the proposed project is further proof of Iberdrola's commitment to improving Maine's energy infrastructure and helping to lower energy costs for Maine consumers."

Depending on discussions with potential customers, MNG will apply for state and local permits this spring, and hopes to begin the first phase of construction this year.

The first phase of the project would serve customers on the city's east side.

The line will tap into an existing interstate pipeline in Windsor and run approximately 10 miles along Route 17 to Route 9.

MNG's plans include a second phase of construction that would cross the Kennebec and extend along Western Avenue and the Leighton Road to the North Augusta commercial area in 2013.

The line will have sufficient capacity for expansion into the surrounding residential areas as well. Following recent expansions to Freeport and Bath, the service to Augusta will be the third expansion of the MNG franchise since 2010.

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