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MNG Turns Valve for Calpine, Campus and Gorham

MNG Turns Valve for Calpine, Campus and Gorham

Maine Natural Gas (MNG), a joint venture between the CMP Group and Energy East, began delivery of natural gas to Calpine Corp.'s new 540 MW electric generating facility last week. The new power plant is located in Westbrook, ME. The LDC also began supplying gas to the University of Southern Maine (USM) and parts of Gorham, ME.

Expected to be in full commercial service by March 1, 2001, the Calpine plant will produce enough electric power to meet the needs of more than 500,000 homes. The $200 million Calpine facility was originally expected to be ready for gas delivery by June 1, 2000.

"We are excited about the opportunity to provide many years of quality gas service to Calpine, USM and homes and businesses in Gorham," said David T. Flanagan, president of Energy East. "Competitively priced and clean-burning natural gas will benefit our economy, our environment and consumers here in Maine."

MNG will draw gas off of the Portland Natural Gas Transmission system and the Maritimes & Northeast pipeline system to feed Calpine with 90,000 Dth/d through its newly completed two-mile lateral. MNG also will pull from these systems to deliver to the USM campus and Gorham customers.

The Calpine plant's electric generation will be delivered to the New England grid to serve Maine and the New England region in general.

Alex Steis

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