Pipeline & Gas Journal Features Summit

June 25th, 2014

Summit Brings Gas To Underserved Maine

In February, when Summit Natural Gas of Maine began providing natural gas to Gardiner businesses and residents who until then had relied on propane or heating oil, it was only part of a much bigger story.

Summit, which specializes in bringing natural gas to underserved communities in the largely rural state, plans to invest $460 million in transmission and distribution projects in the Pine Tree State over the next five years, reaching more than 52,000 customers when the expansion effort is complete.

“We are undertaking something that hasn’t been done for a very long time,” Summit President Michael Minkos told P&GJ. “This is a very large build-out to new areas of Maine.

In the past year, the company has built out the first phase of its Kennebec Valley project from Pittston to Madison in an effort that included construction of 68 miles of steel main pipeline – 38 miles of that for distribution.