January 20, 2020
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Two hospitals enlist Summit Natural Gas to provide natural gas delivery services

AUGUSTA, Maine — Summit Natural Gas on Tuesday said it has signed deals to provide natural gas delivery services to two central Maine hospitals.

As part of its buildout of a natural gas distribution network in central Maine, Augusta-based Summit Natural Gas will supply natural gas line and utility service to Inland Hospital, a 48-bed hospital in Waterville, and Redington-Fairview Hospital, a 25-bed critical access facility in Skowhegan, according to a press release from the company.

“Inland Hospital is pleased that natural gas is going to be available in our community,” John Dalton, Inland Hospital’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “We are excited to join other businesses and homeowners who expect to experience a significant reduction in energy costs in the future.”

Summit Natural Gas, which is in the process of building out the first phase of the company’s planned $350 million Kennebec Valley natural gas transmission and distribution project, is competing with Brunswick-based Maine Natural Gas, owned by Iberdrola USA, for market share in central Maine’s natural gas distribution market. Summit is owned by Colorado-based Summit Utilities.

On Monday, the state announced it had awarded contracts to Summit Natural Gas to provide natural gas distribution services to 11 state-owned facilities, including the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations in Hallowell, the Maine Army National Guard’s headquarters at Camp Keyes and the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. The state also awarded contracts to have Maine Natural Gas deliver natural gas to 19 state-owned facilities.

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