Maine company to build fuels plant; use Maritime gas
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.