$100M liquefied natural gas plant proposed for closed Groveton mill site
Under a plan presented Tuesday to residents by Scott Zepp, the lead consultant, and Evan Coleman, the chief operating officer of Clear Energy of Marlborough, Mass., the project known as White Mountain LNG would bring a number of benefits to this community — among them an estimated $1.7 million annually in property taxes.
The project still requires some state and federal permits, as well as local approval.
The positions would not require previous experience and would come with a minimum wage of $19 per hour, Coleman said.
He said the decision to build was ultimately based on the receptivity of the community to the plan; the availability of a skilled workforce; and the presence of a Portland Natural Gas Transmission System pipeline in the former mill property.
The plant would generate 300,000 gallons of LNG a day that would be shipped by truck to customers in lower New England.
Coleman thanked the Northumberland Board of Selectmen for their support as well as Gov. Maggie Hassan, the New Hampshire Department of Economic Development, the Northern Community Investment Corp., in addition to U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte.
"We had a great response from the community," he said, noting that during his presentation Tuesday, there was "not one negative comment or question."
The lifespan of the LNG plant is estimated to be between 30 and 50 years, Coleman said. Contracts with customers are typically for 15 years, the same length of time that Clear Energy has committed to making an annual $100,000 charitable contribution to Northumberland.
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