By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Mar. 10 -- Another LNG regasification project has been dropped in the wake of local entities' withdrawing use of a proposed project site.
TransCanada Corp. and ConocoPhillips reported Wednesday that they would suspend further work on the Fairwinds LNG regasification terminal in Harpswell, Maine, following a vote Tuesday by local townspeople against leasing the former US Navy Fuel Depot site for the project.
"Although we are disappointed with the results [of the vote], we respect the choice of the people of Harpswell regarding their decision," said Fairwinds stakeholder relations manager Peter Micciche in a written statement.
Both companies, however, maintain that they remain committed to pursuing opportunities to deliver LNG to the northeastern US.
The Fairwinds proposal, presented on Sept. 18, 2003, would have added to existing facilities at the Navy fuel depot site, with construction planned to begin in 2006 and operations, in 2009 (OGJ Online, Sept. 22, 2003).
Marathon Oil Co. earlier this month also abandoned plans to construct a North American LNG terminalthis one in Baja Californiawhen the state governor and other officials expropriated the site near Tijuana deemed critical to that project (OGJ Online, Mar. 2, 2004).