PRESS RELEASE: NH Building Trades Sign Agreement to Build Granite Bridge w/Local Union Labor
Updated: May 15, 2018
Londonderry, NH – March 28, 2018 – Yesterday at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Training Center in Brentwood, Liberty Utilities and the New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to maximize the number of local New Hampshire workers that would construct the Granite Bridge natural gas infrastructure project.
Granite Bridge would bring needed natural gas from existing infrastructure located in the Seacoast region to the central part of New Hampshire through an underground pipeline. This new pipeline would be located completely within the New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s (NHDOT) right-of-way along Route 101, a state-designated Energy Infrastructure Corridor.
Granite Bridge would also feature a new liquefied natural gas storage facility, proposed to be sited in an abandoned quarry in Epping. This storage facility would allow Liberty Utilities to purchase natural gas when prices are low, store it on-site and then offer it to customers when prices increase. The savings from the stored, low-cost natural gas would be passed directly to Liberty’s customers. New Hampshire’s economy depends on a reliable supply of energy, and Granite Bridge would provide long-term access to safe, reliable, clean natural gas.
The proposed $340 million Granite Bridge project is anticipated to create 330 full time construction jobs. The agreement between Liberty Utilities and the New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council will provide the project with access to a highly qualified, skilled labor force, while maximizing the opportunities for local construction workers to participate in the project.
“Granite Bridge is a major infrastructure project, so accessing a well-trained labor force is of critical importance,” said Susan Fleck, President of Liberty Utilities’ New Hampshire operations. “The New Hampshire Building Trades represents a readily available pool of highly skilled construction workers in New Hampshire, and we’re proud to be partnering with them to build this critical infrastructure project.”
New Hampshire Building Trades Vice President Dave Pelletier said the construction of the Granite Bridge presents a significant opportunity for New Hampshire workers. “New Hampshire has been falling behind the rest of the country in terms of infrastructure development,” said Pelletier. “That means local construction workers have been largely left behind by the economic recovery. Because of the lack of opportunities, many New Hampshire construction workers go to work in Massachusetts every day, which puts a strain on their families and contributes to more and more dollars flowing out of our local economy. Granite Bridge is an opportunity to put more than 300 local workers on the job here in their home state, and to send a signal to other infrastructure developers that New Hampshire is open for business.”