Laidlaw to Supply Hot Water to Gorham, NH Paper Mill

May 11, 2009 - Laidlaw Berlin Biopower, LLC said that it has agreed to supply hot water to Fraser Papers' Gorham, New Hampshire paper mill, free of charge..

The hot water supply will be generated from Laidlaw’s Berlin, NH biomass-energy facility.

Laidlaw said that it expects that the deal to result in significant savings for Fraser, which currently operates oil-fired boilers to provide heat for process water and steam at its Gorham mill.

According to the deal, Laidlaw has agreed to supply the hot water to Fraser at no charge, in consideration for certain beneficial easements that Fraser will provide to Laidlaw.

The water is expected to be supplied via an existing 2.5 mile long pipeline between the Laidlaw and Fraser facilities. The agreement also provides that Laidlaw will fund the costs of an engineering study to explore the feasibility of Laidlaw’s facility supplying Fraser with steam, which would further reduce Fraser’s energy costs.

Laidlaw acquired the Berlin facility in December 2008 and has since proposed a number of initiatives to help support the recovery of the regional economy, including the creation of a 501c3 charitable organization to support economic development on the unutilized portion of the former Burgess Mill Site and the creation of a loan fund to support loggers who will supply wood chips to its facility.

SOURCE: Laidlaw Energy Group, Inc.

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