Alaska’s Legislature created AGDC for the benefit of all Alaskans. Our primary responsibility is to develop the infrastructure necessary to make the North Slope’s vast, proven natural gas resources accessible to communities throughout state. We are advancing two North Slope gas pipeline projects on parallel paths – the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) project and Alaska LNG – but only one will be built.
On June 22, we reached a major milestone in our work to realize the Legislature’s vision of bringing gas to Alaskans when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the ASAP project.
The ASAP project and Alaska LNG share many similar characteristics. Both include buried pipelines, share a common mainline alignment for over 80 percent of the route, and provide gas to residents of our state. Alaska LNG, however, includes a liquefaction component, which will enable the export of Alaska’s North Slope natural gas resources as LNG to buyers across the Asia-Pacific region, creating billions of dollars in revenue for Alaska producers, contractors, and government.
With a Final SEIS in hand for the ASAP project, we are now turning our full attention to advancing Alaska LNG, which has gained considerable commercial momentum over the past few months.
We continue to make great strides advancing Alaska LNG through the regulatory process. AGDC’s engineers and technical experts have responded to nearly 1,400 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Environmental data requests and agency comments. We will provide the final 14 responses to FERC by October, which will help ensure the Commission stays on schedule to issue its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in March 2019.
There are many moving parts to an infrastructure project as large Alaska LNG. I am committed to keeping Alaskans fully informed of our progress as AGDC advances the project through the regulatory process and continues commercial discussions with potential LNG customers.
On July 11, AGDC Senior Vice President Frank Richards and AGDC Vice President Lieza Wilcox presented a project update to the Legislature’s Joint House and Senate Resources Committee in Anchorage. Throughout the spring and early summer, a number of AGDC staff traveled to communities across Alaska to speak directly with residents. All of our public presentations are posted here for your review and my staff and I are available to answer your questions about the project.
After all, Alaska LNG is for Alaskans. This is your project and I want you to be a part of it.