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Maine Residents Vote in Favor of Downeast LNG Project

Residents in the town of Robbinston, ME, voted 227-83 Tuesday in favor siting the Downeast liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in their town. The $400 million project, which would have a peak sendout capacity of 500 MMcf/d and would include one 160,000 cubic meter storage tank, would be located on Mill Cove, where Passamaquoddy Bay meets the mouth of the St. Croix River.

Downeast project developers said the three-year terminal construction phase would provide Maine with about $180 million annually in economic value and 1,860 jobs. During the 30-year operation phase, the annual economic impact is projected to be about $26 million and 299 jobs would be created.

The town also has been promised that expenses would be paid for maintaining and upgrading fire and rescue equipment, additional emergency services, enhanced security protections, a $5 million new school, and an outdoor multisports recreation complex and playground.

Downeast LNG is one of three companies proposing LNG facilities in eastern Maine. Competitor Quoddy Bay LLC has proposed a terminal farther south on Passamaquoddy Bay on the Sipayik reservation of the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Washington County, ME. The Quoddy terminal would be located near Pleasant Point at a place called Split Rock and would include storage tanks in the town of Perry, ME. Quoddy Bay also has started the pre-filing process at FERC (see related story).

A third terminal has been proposed by two of Maine's state representatives, state tribal Rep. Fred Moore Jr. and state Rep. Ian Emery (R-Cutler), in the town of Calais, about 30 miles northwest of Robbinston on the St. Croix River.

Downeast LNG was founded by Dean Girdis, a former energy consultant with PFC Energy, in 2004. It has financial backing from Kestrel Energy Partners LLC.

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