Strafford County Complex to convert to natural gas by fall
Many of the underground pipes have been installed. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday to celebrate the 8,300-foot extension from the county complex to an existing gas line used by a nearby asphalt plant owned by Brox Industries.
Maglaras recalled how the county courthouse used electric heat after officials were convinced they would see a savings receiving energy from the nuclear power plant in Seabrook. After it didn’t pan out, he said other buildings were converted to propane in the past two decades.
Assistant County Administrator Ken Robichaud said officials considered a variety of energy sources — solar, wind, wood pellets and methane from the Turkey Landfill in Rochester — before determining natural gas was the best option.
Robichaud said the project, which costs $400,000, began about two weeks ago when workers from New England Utility Constructors Inc. installed the underground pipeline along an old road.
Unitil Corporation will supply the gas once the connection is complete.
For more information, visit www.co.strafford.nh.us or www.unitil.com.
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