AUGUSTA, Maine, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Summit Natural Gas of Maine, based in Augusta, announced today the start of construction and contracts with three construction firms to begin the build-out of its $350 million Kennebec Valley natural gas transmission and distribution system. The three contractors include CCB Inc., Tetra Tech and Schmid Pipeline Construction, Inc. Construction is underway in Madison at the intersection of Route 43 and River Road and work crews will begin at other locations this week.
"We're pleased to announce the signing of our three contractors as they commence construction on this year's $110 million portion of our Kennebec Valley natural gas transmission and distribution system. This represents the installation of 68 miles of steel pipe and 66 miles of plastic distribution pipe in various communities throughout the region, which creates an estimated 435 jobs during this construction season," stated Mike Minkos, president of Summit Natural Gas of Maine.
Governor Paul R. LePage, who has supported the expansion of natural gas in the state, commended Summit for using Maine workers on these projects. "I am pleased to see that so many Mainers will be put to work in good-paying jobs on these construction projects, plus more in related projects, such as excavating and paving," the Governor said. "Maine is fortunate to benefit from this project, which will help lower energy costs and improve the bottom line for our state's employers."
Construction on both the steel transmission line and high-density polyethylene plastic distribution lines will start this week.
About Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Inc.:
Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Inc. is a subsidiary of Summit Utilities, Inc. Summit Utilities, Inc. acts as a holding company that owns and operates Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Inc.; Colorado Natural Gas, Inc.; Summit Natural Gas of Missouri, Inc.; and Wolf Creek Energy LLC. The company's natural gas subsidiaries construct, install and operate natural gas distribution systems in order to provide natural gas to residential, commercial and industrial customers. For more information visit:
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SOURCE Summit Natural Gas of Maine