Summit Natural Gas of Maine today announced its 2015 construction build-out plan which will bring access to natural gas service to more than 2400 new customers in Central and Southern Maine. By the end of 2015, Summit Natural Gas of Maine expects to provide safe, reliable natural gas service available to approximately 10 000 homes and businesses.
"Summit is continuing its 10-year investment in Maine by bringing a new fuel option to the region and giving families and businesses the ability to choose efficient, cost-effective, and reliable natural gas," said Mike Tanchuk, Summit Natural Gas President. "We have taken a hard look at our approach to construction and greatly improved our planning, oversight and scheduling process to ensure we meet the deadlines and commitments we make to the communities we plan to serve. We're now working to secure the customer commitment needed to make our construction plans a reality."
In 2015, the company plans to align the direction of construction with the amount of signed contracts for gas service in each neighbourhood. This expansion will include several neighbourhoods in Augusta, Cumberland, Fairfield, Falmouth, Waterville, and Yarmouth.
Construction is scheduled to begin in April, weather-permitting, and will continue through the summer and fall. The company will be working with a team of experienced, qualified natural gas contractors to ensure strict compliance with all state, federal, and safety regulations.
Summit Natural Gas of Maine currently has approximately 3000 customers under contract in Augusta, Cumberland, Fairfield, Falmouth, Farmingdale, Gardiner, Hallowell, Madison, Oakland, Randolph, Waterville, and Yarmouth. From 2013 to 2018, the first five years of Summit's 10-year plan in Maine, the company plans to invest approximately US$460 million in infrastructure and create more than 400 jobs.
Summit Natural Gas of Maine will be reaching out to individuals and businesses in the affected communities with more information about converting to natural gas and the construction process.
Adapted from press release by Joe Green