Developer seeks customers in Maine gas expansion

Posted Sept. 06, 2011, at 4:07 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine natural gas company that hopes to build 76 miles of distribution lines in Kennebec and Somerset counties is trying to determine if there are enough potential customers to justify the $70 million to $80 million price tag.

State regulators recently gave conditional approval for the project that would run an 8-inch gas line from Richmond to Madison on the west side of the Kennebec River with additional distribution loops running off the main line.

A dozen communities will be asked to give tax breaks for the project.

The project is being proposed by the Kennebec Valley Gas Co.

The Kennebec Journal says the gas would come from the Maritimes and Northeast pipeline that runs from Baileyville to Kittery.

Officials hope to begin construction next year or 2013.