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Maine's Lincoln Paper & Tissue to spend about $2M on natural gas pipeline

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Maine's Lincoln Paper & Tissue to spend about $2M on natural gas pipeline

November 21, 2011 - 04:39
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BANGOR, ME, Nov. 21, 2011 (Bangor Daily News) -Lincoln Paper & Tissue LLC co-owner Keith Van Scotter will spend about $2 million creating something Gov. Paul LePage wants to see more of - a large Maine manufacturer preparing to use a natural gas pipeline, and doing so with its own money.

Though an enthusiastic backer of LePage's push to extend pipelines throughout Maine, including to his mill, Van Scotter is not banking on it, he said Friday. He is taking advantage of the 30 percent savings natural gas delivered by truck will provide him over his costs for the No. 2 and No. 6 heating oil his mill burns to make business-card paper and party goods.

Trucking in liquid natural gas "is kind of a bridge for us in between using oil and getting natural gas via pipeline," Van Scotter said. "It is going to require some capital on the plant side, but obviously we think it's worth it. It is a big cost reduction. It's not like pipeline gas, but it is still a big reduction."

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