AUGUSTA, Maine, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The final connection was made this week for Summit Natural Gas of Maine's 68-mile steel backbone transmission pipeline from Pittston to Madison that will eventually distribute natural gas to 17 central Maine communities. The transmission pipeline took less than a year to build and completes the first year of the company's multi-year Kennebec Valley project. The planned construction for 2014 begins this month as the company plans to install 85 miles of additional distribution pipeline in the Kennebec Valley region and 66 miles in the towns of Cumberland, Falmouth and Yarmouth.
"This is a significant milestone for our company and a historic opportunity for the Kennebec Valley. We are very grateful to all the people in the communities that supported the first year of our construction. Our more than 60 employees and more than 700 construction workers that helped make this possible deserve a lot of the credit," said Mike Minkos, president of Summit Natural Gas of Maine.
UPM Madison contracted with Summit to change the energy source for the mill's power boilers to natural gas and reduce the company's overall energy costs. UPM Madison is a major player in the supercalendered sector of the paper industry and one of the region's largest industrial manufacturers.
Phase 2 of the Kennebec Valley project will begin this month and focus on installing distribution lines throughout several communities and the service lines that will connect homes and businesses with natural gas. In 2014, Summit Natural Gas of Maine will be installing more miles of additional natural gas pipelines to residential areas than any other gas company in Maine.
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 www.summitnaturalgasmaine.com.