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WATERVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Sappi Fine Paper North America and Huhtamaki have signed on with Summit natural gas of maine in a two-fold project that will bring natural gas to the Kennebec Valley.

Construction will begin next month on an 88 mile long transmission pipe that will bring natural gas straight to the two paper mills. Summit Director of Business Development Mike Duguay says the natural gas will let off one-third of the emissions compared to burning oil. The second part of the 350 million dollar project will add over 1600 miles of pipeline branching out to 17 communities in the kennebec valley. The project will require local contractors to get the job done and that means immediate jobs. Duguay says more jobs will follow

Residential areas in the Kennebec Valley, depending on their location, can see natural gas available for their homes starting at the end of this year with more neighborhoods receiving service in 2014.

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