AUGUSTA, Maine — The losing bidder for a state natural gas contract has filed a formal appeal asking the state to reconsider its decision to award the contract to another company.

Summit Natural Gas of Maine narrowly lost the bid, documents filed with the Bureau of General Services show.

The winning bidder was Maine Natural Gas Corp.

The state asked for bids from companies to supply natural gas to state property on both sides of the Kennebec River in Augusta.

Maine Today Media reports Maine Natural Gas proposed a $19.3 million project with 46 jobs.

Summit proposed a $150 million project with 435 jobs and service to 15,000 customers as well as state property in Augusta and Gardiner.

The disparity between the bids is one reason Summit asked the state Thursday to reconsider.