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Fast Facts on Fairwinds
from Fairwinds

The following information is from a brochure given out by Fairwinds. I include because it provides a lot of information in a small space.

Fast Facts about Fairwinds

About Fairwinds

  • A liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, called Fairwinds, was proposed to the town of Harpswell by ConocoPhillips and TransCanada on September 18th

  • The partnership has asked the town to consider the proposal in a town vote in December

  • The project would include substantial lease and property tax payments to the town and could be used to substantially reduce property tax payments or to meet other town needs

Project Details

  • Initial terminal design for 500 million cubic feet of gas per day throughput to Maine and New England customers

  • Up to 900 people would be employed during the three-year construction period

  • Construction materials and workforce to access site from shore to minimize disturbance

  • During operation, 50 skilled workers would be employed permanently

  • LNG ships would arrive every four to nine days and unload at a new dock and jetty (jetty to extend approximately 800 feet into Middle Bay)

  • LNG would be stored in two full-containment tanks (240 feet in diameter and 120 feet tall)

  • LNG would be reverted back to natural gas and sent through a new natural gas pipeline connecting the facility with existing pipeline infrastructure west of Portland, Maine

  • Berthing dolphins to be used to minimize the size of the unloading dock

  • Other features of the site are: vaporization equipment to regasify LNG, a gas-fueled electrical generation facility to supply total project power requirements (seven to nine megawatts internal demand) and a seawater desalination facility to meet total fresh water requirements for the project without affecting the local aquifer

  • The pipeline (24 to 30 inches in diameter) designed to carry natural gas from the terminal to existing pipeline infrastructure

  • The terminal facility and the associated pipeline are estimated to cost $350 million

Voting Issues

  • Approval of a lease of about 70 acres on the former U.S. Navy fuel depot site from the town of Harpswell for a term of 30-50 years

  • Revision to the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance to permit facilities to be constructed on site

  • Revisions to the Basic Land Use and Tower Ordinances to allow installation of improved cellular communications services for the town

Approximate Timeline

  • September 18 - December 16 - Distribution of project information and public meetings

  • Mid-December - Proposed date for town vote

  • 2004 - 2005 - Federal and State permitting process

  • 2006 - 2009 - Project construction

  • 2009 - Project start up

Site Information

Located on Highway 123 on the west coast of Harpswell Neck, Maine

The former fuel depot operated for approximately 50 years, delivering aviation fuel via pipeline to the Brunswick Naval Air Station

The site is currently owned by the Town of Harpswell

Benefits for Harpswell and the State of Maine

Presently, Fairwinds has proposed the following offer to the Town of Harpswell:

During the two-year permitting phase:

  • $100,000 payment upon approval of town meeting vote
  • $250,000 payment per year
  • $3 million park-replacement fund for acquisition of alternative coastal property

During three-year construction phase:

  • Up to 900 construction jobs created
  • $500,000 per year payments into a community investment fund
  • $6 million per year lease and property tax payments

Upon commencement of operation:

  • 50 permanent jobs created

  • $8 million per year lease and property tax payment with escalation provisions

  • $50,000-$100,000 per year standard contribution policies of partnership companies and consideration for increased payments if terminal capacity is expanded

For the State of Maine, Fairwinds estimates economic benefits and multiplier effects of: During the construction phase:

  • Approximately $8.5 million per year in personal income tax payments
  • Approximately $200 million in direct and indirect spending
  • Approximately 900 directly employed and 2,700 indirectly employed

During facility operation:

  • Approximately $12-13 million per year in corporate, personal income and sales tax payments
  • Approximately $35 million per year in direct and indirect spending
  • Approximately -50 direct employment and 490 indirect employment
  • Fairwinds will provide funding to acquire replacement land with coastline access for Harpswell to replace use of fuel depot site
  • 50 acres available for continued public use when the terminal begins operation

Environmental Considerations

  • Sustainable design features to minimize impact on the environment

  • Water access to site during construction to minimize effects on Harpswell residents

  • LNG facilities enjoy a long history of safe and environmentally sensitive operations worldwide

  • LNG facilities are highly regulated by local, state and federal authorities in the United States

Marine and Transportation

  • Terminal being designed to receive ships that carry up to 200,000 cubic meters of LNG

  • The ships would be approximately 1,000 feet long, 150 feet wide

  • Subject to detailed surveys, dredging is not anticipated

  • Local pilots and tugboats to escort LNG tankers during transit of Casco and Middle Bay

  • The ships would be at the dock for a period of approximately 24 hours

  • The vessels will not discharge any ballast water in or near Casco Bay

  • Ships are double-hulled and multi-compartment, specially designed for LNG containment

  • More than 40,000 voyages without serious incidents during 40-year transportation history










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Last edited on 01/07/2010