Maine com­pany to build fu­els plant; use Mar­itime gas

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS/WEATHER -

SAINT JOHN, N.B. (CP) — A Maine nat­u­ral gas firm plans to build a liq­uid meth­ane fu­els plant in the state that would draw from the Mar­itimes and North­east Pipe­line and sell con­verted fu­els to ma­jor cus­tomers.

Maine Liq­uid Meth­ane Fu­els LLC is propos­ing a $50-mil­lion plant in Brewer, Me., that would pro­duce heat­ing and mo­tor fu­els with re­duced car­bon diox­ide, sul­phur and other heavy hy­dro­car­bons, said vice-pres­i­dent Sasa Cook.

The com­pany plans to trans­port the fu­els by truck to cus­tomers that would in­clude pulp and pa­per mills, ski moun­tains, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and gas re­tail­ers, among oth­ers.

“ We have talked to one of the largest petro- leum dis­trib­u­tors on a re­tail level about pos­si­bly putting in dis­pens­ing ter­mi­nals at their fa­cil­i­ties,” Cook said, adding the firm has in­tro­duced the project to Irv­ing Oil Ltd.

The com­pany re­ceived site ap­proval from Brewer this week to open the plant in a pro­posed new in­dus­trial park. Pend­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­provals, the firm ex­pects to break ground in June with plans to start pro­duc­tion in the fall of 2011.

Maine Liq­uid Meth­ane Fu­els would ex­tract from the Mar­itimes and North­east Pipe­line. Com­pany of­fi­cials have con­tacted po­ten­tial nat­u­ral gas sup­pli­ers in Canada, al­though they have not yet ap­proached Cana­port LNG in Saint John, N.B., Cook said.

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