Creditors: Hawaii biomass plant hasn't paid bills

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Creditors say a Big Island project to generate electricity from eucalyptus trees and other plant matter is delinquent on bills for millions of dollars.

Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. filed a lien against the Hu Honua Bioenergy in Hilo Circuit Court late last month claiming the company owes it more than $35 million.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports subcontractor American Electric filed another for more than $1.3 million.

Hawaiian Dredging general counsel Gary Yokoyama says his company hasn't been paid for work dating back a year.

Hu Honua signed an agreement two years ago to supply Big Island utility Hawaiian Electric Light with power. Hu Honua estimated it would supply 10 percent of the island's power.

A Hu Honua spokeswoman told the Tribune-Herald the company doesn't comment on matters in litigation.

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