Developer says proposed LNG plant in Groveton 'on hold'
“We’re re-evaluating the project and working with issues that have arisen with the state of New Hampshire,” said Evan Coleman, Clear Energy’s chief operating officer. Coleman would not elaborate Sunday on what those issues are, but said more information may be forthcoming from Clear Energy by mid-August.
The 67-acre parcel is on the grounds of the former Wausau paper mill’s wastewater treatment lagoons. The LNG plant — which Clear Energy would build and then sell to another party which would operate it — is expected to bring more than 80 jobs to Groveton village, nearly all of them for truck drivers, with a starting pay rate of $19 per hour.
One of the fueling stations had been proposed to be located at Gorham Paper and Tissue, which CEO Michael Cummings said would help offset seasonal spikes in the cost of natural gas which this past winter forced GPAT to curtail production and lay off 25 employees.
“It’s important not to get too focused on one developer or one use and to be more open of other proposals,” said Woodburn. The senator said the current property owners have “greatly improved” the site.
Woodburn said the state’s Department of Resources and Economic Development is pursuing some leads for the site.
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