BUCKSPORT — Bangor Gas Co. has indicated interest in expanding natural gas service in Bucksport under several conditions, including the town paying $240,000 toward the cost of construction.
One of the Town Council’s goals for the year was to pursue bringing natural gas farther into town, particularly to the schools. A pipeline now runs to the Verso Paper mill.
A June 30 letter from Bangor Gas General Manager Jerry Livengood proposes installing 12,400 feet of pipe from the corner of River Road and North Franklin Street through town and up Miles Lane.
Town Manager Roger Raymond said lateral pipelines could be added to the pipe if there were sufficient customers.
The anticipated start date for the project is late spring 2012.
According to the letter, “the project will be a challenge to economically justify due to the infrastructure cost and the estimated revenue generated.”
When analyzing the project, the company made several “assumptions” that would allow the project “to move in the direction of becoming economically justifiable.”