The Loring Energy Projects
Energy infrastructure & economic development
Formerly the Loring Air Force Base, the Loring Commerce Centre ("LCC") in Limestone, ME is now a commercial, industrial and aviation business park managed by the Loring Development Authority of Maine. The primary assets of the LCC include over 3800 acres of developed land, significant road and rail infrastructure, on-site waste water treatment facilities and the 200 mile long, 50 foot wide continuous easement corridor, or "right-of-way," from Loring to the port of Searsport ("SL-ROW").
The Loring Energy Projects are under development by Loring Holdings, LLC ("Loring"), a private project management and development company, with offices located at the LCC and Portland, ME. The projects include utilizing the SL-ROW for the installation of energy infrastructure that will foster the development of renewable energy resources and industrial manufacturing in northern Maine.
Read more below, follow our news postings or contact us to learn more about the Loring Energy Projects and our goal of developing the assets and resources of the Loring Commerce Centre for jobs, energy infrastructure and economic development for northern Maine.
Phase One: Electric Transmission
Loring is a 50% JV Partner in the Maine Power Express ("MPX"). The MPX represents phase one of the Loring Energy Projects. The project will utilize 115 miles of the 200 mile SL-ROW for the installation of a 1000MW HVDC transmission line to collect Maine and Canadian clean energy near Haynesville, ME and deliver it underground to Searsport and underwater to Boston harbor, landing at the Massport Conley Terminal and interconnecting at the K Street Substation. Learn more here.
Phase Two: Transmission Expansion
The second phase of the Loring Energy Projects is the conceptual expansion of the Maine Power Express transmission line from Haynesville to Loring. Currently the vast majority of Wind sites under development are in southern Aroostook county. As these sites "move north" MPX will be ready to expand the infrastructure along with them, bringing full utilization of the SL-ROW.
PHASE Three: natural gas infrastructure
The third phase, though developed in parallel, is the goal of bringing natural gas infrastructure to northern Maine. Anchor Power, LLC, a Loring subsidiary, is working to develop a Natural Gas-fired Cogeneration facility that would deliver energy, capacity and thermal resources for local off-takers, as well as anchor the expansion of natural gas infrastructure into northern Maine through a new 12-24" pipeline in the SL-ROW, under development by Loring subsidiary, Loring Pipeline-2, LLC.
Loring Commerce Centre
The Loring Commerce Centre
Formerly the Loring Air Force, the Loring Commerce Centre is 3800 acres in size and located in the town of Limestone in Northern Maine. Existing buildings and brownfield and greenfield development sites benefit from heavy duty road and rail infrastructure and on-site waste water treatment facilities. The Loring Development Authority, as an Agency of the State of Maine, is authorized for PILOT arrangements and bonds. Loring Holdings, LLC is working to bring opportunities to this site.
searsport - Loring Corridor
In the 1950's, the US Air Force established this 200 mile long, 50 foot wide right-of-way and installed a 6" pipeline which delivered heating and jet fuel from Searsport to the Bangor International Airport and the Loring Air Force Base. Loring Holdings, LLC holds the rights to develop this corridor for new natural gas and electric transmission infrastructure. A Third Party is currently using the existing 6" pipeline for natural gas distribution between Bangor and Lincoln, with plans to expand to Searsport.