Press Release
  Unitil Completes Natural Gas System Upgrades In Downtown Portland, Westbrook
  14-year modernization project now 28 percent complete; improves system reliability and meets growing demand for natural gas
November 12, 2013


PORTLAND, ME – Unitil, (, a provider of natural gas and electricity to customers in New England, has completed its System Upgrade for Reliable Energy (SURE) project in Westbrook and downtown Portland. The Unitil SURE project is modernizing the region's gas infrastructure, making it more reliable and better able to meet the growing demand for natural gas in Maine.

This summer, more than seven miles of cast iron pipe in downtown Portland and Westbrook—some more than 100 years old—were replaced with state-of-the art, high-density plastic pipe. By replacing older cast iron pipes with plastic, Unitil has assured that downtown Portland and Westbrook have natural gas infrastructure equipped to meet the growing gas needs of the local economy.

In three years, Unitil has upgraded more than 11 miles of pipe in the region and has installed more than 17 miles of plastic pipe in total. The 14-year project, involving more than 100 miles of pipeline—is now considered 28 percent complete. Unitil’s SURE project construction in the greater Portland area is expected to begin again in summer 2014.

“Thanks to the support of the cities of Portland and Westbrook, we were able to complete SURE project construction safely, efficiently and on schedule,” said Matt Doughty, SURE project manager, Unitil. “We’re grateful to the residents and businesses in our local community for their cooperation and understanding during construction this year.”

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Unitil Corporation provides energy for life by safely and reliably delivering natural gas and electricity in New England. We are committed to the communities we serve and to developing people, business practices and technologies that lead to dependable, more efficient energy. Unitil Corporation is a public utility holding company with operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Together, Unitil’s operating utilities serve approximately 101,700 electric customers and 73,700 natural gas customers. Subsidiaries include Usource, Unitil’s non-regulated business segment. For more information about our people, technologies and community involvement please visit

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