HAMPDEN — The Coastal Resources of Maine waste facility in Hampden is expected to have a new owner soon.
Since the Fiberight facility was closed last spring, Municipal Review Committee members have been searching for new ownership to restart and operate the facility.
According to the committee’s executive director, the Philadelphia-based Delta Thermo Energy company is on track to take over.
“An asset purchase agreement draft is being worked on and will be provided to the MRC to look over in the next couple weeks and should be completed and signed sometime in February. With that document executed a financial closing should occur within the first quarter of this year,” MRC Executive Director Mike Carroll said.
Delta Thermo Energy controls other waste-to-energy facilities in South Korea, Japan, Germany, South Africa and Singapore.
He added it will take 60 to 70 days to close on the acquisition of the building and within four to six weeks after that, he said expects to fully restart the facility as designed.
“The other company that put this technology in, we understand it, we’ve reviewed it and we feel confident that we can get it restarted. It may need some improvements, minor improvements,” Delta Thermo Energy CEO Rob Van Naarden said.
The company’s CEO also said currently the MRC and Delta Thermo Energy are finalizing the required permits with the state department of environmental resources.
Once the facility is open the plan is to operate seven days a week and staff 30 people per shift, with at least two shifts a day.
“We’re very excited about this opportunity, not only to bring this facility back on line, but also to do what is important for us and that is work out a way to both environmentally and financially sound way to work out the waste,” Van Naarden said.
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