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2017 Press Releases

AGDC Announces Alaska LNG Foundation Customer Capacity Solicitation

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) announced the commencement of a foundation customer capacity solicitation today.  The capacity solicitation will determine the foundation customers who wish to reserve capacity on the Alaska LNG system segments.

The capacity solicitation presents an opportunity for North Slope gas resource owners and other qualified parties to subscribe to capacity on the Alaska LNG system.  It will also serve to determine the most viable initial size and configuration of the project based on the level of interest from North Slope gas resource owners, AGDC, and downstream buyers.

“Alaska LNG can provide stable pricing and supply security.  This is very attractive to energy consumers, especially in the Asia-Pacific region,” said AGDC President Keith Meyer.  “AGDC’s capacity solicitation provides North Slope producers the opportunity to monetize the natural gas resources currently stranded on the North Slope.”

The capacity solicitation announced today gives natural gas producers as well as other qualified third parties, including LNG buyers and traders, an opportunity to be foundation customers.

Throughout the capacity solicitation process, AGDC will continue to directly market to LNG buyers in the Asia-Pacific region, and will reserve transferrable capacity on the Alaska LNG system to accommodate those volumes for customers that prefer to purchase LNG at the jetty rather than become a capacity holder.

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Alaska’s Sister State Heilongjiang, China Hosts First Lady Donna Walker

A press release issued today by the State of Alaska Office of the Governor announced Alaska's Sister State Heilongjiang, China will host First Lady Donna Walker during the Women and Children Conference in the Province of Heilongjiang. The press release is below.

By invitation initiated by the First Lady of the People’s Republic of China, Madame Peng Liyuan, First Lady Donna Walker will be the keynote speaker for the Women and Children Cultural Conference in the Province of Heilongjiang on Wednesday, June 21. All travel, lodging and related expenses for Mrs. Walker and her party will be paid by the Province of Heilongjiang, Foreign Affairs Office.

Alaska and Heilongjiang have had a sister state relationship for over 30 years. The conference is hosted by the Heilongjiang Women’s Federation and Heilongjiang People’s Association for Friendship and Foreign Countries. The Foreign Affairs Office will arrange meetings and social services site visits in addition to the conference.

“Meeting President Xi and Madame Peng was a high honor for Governor Walker and me,” First Lady Walker said. “To have that wonderful visit followed up so quickly with this generous invitation is quite remarkable and we do look forward to building and strengthening our relationship with China which has long been Alaska’s largest trading partner. To have the opportunity to extend that economic relationship into social and cultural arenas is exciting and important. I am grateful to play a small role.”

Madame Peng visited Alaska with her husband, President Xi Jinping on April 7. While Governor Walker and President Xi discussed Alaska’s vast resources, its liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project and other trade opportunities, Mrs. Walker and Madame Peng had an extended conversation about their roles as first ladies and the issues important to them. On May 15, a representative from the Province of Heilongjiang hand-delivered the conference invitation to Mrs. Walker in Juneau, emphasizing President Xi’s priority of strengthening Chinese-Alaskan ties and relationships. In addition to Chinese government officials, scholars and experts, the Walkers’ daughters and daughter-in-law, by invitation, will also speak at the conference as noted below; Mrs. Walker will speak on parenting and on the work of the Alaska Children’s Trust.

Lindsay Walker Hobson holds a B.A. in Spanish and Communication and a J.D., and is currently Communications Manager and spokesperson for Enstar Natural Gas Company. As the working mother of two, Lindsay knows the challenges and rewards of balancing career and family. She has been asked to speak on “Supporting Women in the Workplace.”

Tessa Walker Linderman holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Community Health Systems Nursing, and is currently the Program Director for the Lead in Homes Initiative for Healthy Babies Bright Futures. Tessa has been asked to speak on “Lead Poisoning: Protecting Your Children and Family.”

Sabrina Smith Walker holds a BA in Elementary Education and is an English-as-a-Second-Language Teacher for Chinese students at VIPKID Online/Beijing. A cancer survivor, Sabrina battles cystic fibrosis every day; she has been asked to speak on “Facing Adversity with Family Support, an Action Plan and a Positive Attitude.”

Students in Anchorage Scenic Park Elementary School’s Chinese immersion program recorded this greeting, which will be played at the conference.

First Lady of the People’s Republic of China, Madame Peng Liyuan and President Xi Jinping accompany Alaska Governor Bill Walker and First Lady Donna on a scenic drive along Turnagain Arm south of Anchorage, AK on April 7, 2017.

First Lady of the People’s Republic of China, Madame Peng Liyuan, and First Lady Donna Walker at dinner in Anchorage, AK on April 7, 2017.

First Lady of the People’s Republic of China, Madame Peng Liyuan and President Xi Jinping arrive in Anchorage, AK on April 7, 2017.

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AGDC Attends White House Infrastructure Summit

Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) president, Keith Meyer, today attended in Washington, D.C. an invitation-only “White House Infrastructure Summit.”

As part of President Trump’s Infrastructure Week, the meeting at the White House brought together select governors, mayors, and state officials to ensure “Administration policies align with the states’ specific needs,” according to a White House press release.

The event was hosted by U.S. President Donald J. Trump and was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, and other Administration officials. AGDC was given the opportunity to present the Alaska gasline and LNG project alongside other national priority infrastructure project proposals.

“The fact the summit was attended by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and other top officials shows the Administration’s commitment to supporting large infrastructure developments like the Alaska gasline and LNG project,” said Mr. Meyer.  After a working lunch hosted by Vice President Pence, there were breakout sessions chaired by Administration officials, and then a roundtable discussion chaired by President Trump.

During a breakout session chaired by Secretary of Commerce Ross, AGDC was able to discuss in detail ways in which the pipeline project can be accelerated through the reduction in permitting and through a greater reliance on states having greater authority in the permitting process for major infrastructure projects. “Alaskans know best how to construct in Alaska while also protecting the precious Alaskan environment,” said Keith Meyer. There were several focused discussions on specific ways to expedite large infrastructure projects, with Secretary Ross actively engaged in the dialog and taking copious notes.

Alaska LNG, which is an integrated natural gas infrastructure project with three major components: a gas treatment plant located at Prudhoe Bay, an 800-mile pipeline to Southcentral Alaska with offtakes for in-state use, and a natural gas liquefaction plant in Nikiski Alaska, continues to gain traction with Administration officials. In April, President Trump discussed Alaska LNG with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting in Palm Beach. Over the following months, on separate occasions, Vice President Pence and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke met with Mr. Meyer in Anchorage to discuss the project’s role in achieving American energy dominance.

“The Alaska gasline and LNG project is a large construction project, a large infrastructure project, and when completed is a major energy export project with close and direct proximity to America’s major trading partners in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Mr. Meyer. “Alaska LNG is positioned to move both Alaska, as well as all of America, forward.”

AGDC President Keith Meyer in working group chaired by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

AGDC President Keith Meyer with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

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AGDC Meets with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke concluded an extensive multi-day trip to Alaska this week where he met with Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) president, Keith Meyer.

During a private meeting on Monday, May 29, Secretary Zinke, Mr. Meyer, and Alaska Governor Bill Walker discussed ways to reduce Alaska resource development barriers. Discussion specifically focused on advancing Alaska LNG, which is a natural gas infrastructure project designed to deliver Alaska’s vast, proven, but stranded, natural gas resources to market.

Alaska LNG is an integrated natural gas infrastructure project with three major components: a gas treatment plant located at Prudhoe Bay, an 800-mile pipeline to Southcentral Alaska with offtakes for in-state use, and a natural gas liquefaction plant in Nikiski Alaska.

Two days after his meeting with Mr. Meyer and Governor Walker, Secretary Zinke addressed government officials and industry executives at a gathering in Anchorage of the Alaska Oil & Gas Association. There, referring to President Donald Trump’s America First Energy Plan, Secretary Zinke proclaimed, “The only path for energy dominance is a path through the great state of Alaska,” immediately before signing a secretarial order (ORDER NO. 3352) to increase production in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A).

Following the secretarial order, Mr. Meyer indicated he is looking forward to working in close collaboration with the Trump Administration to advance America’s energy policy goals. “With the U.S. Federal Government’s support of safe, responsible energy infrastructure projects, now is the time to develop Alaska LNG,” said Mr. Meyer. “I am looking forward to working with the new administration to move Alaska forward.”

Alaska Gasline Development Corporation President Keith Meyer, Alaska Governor Bill Walker, and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
discuss Alaska LNG on Monday, May 29, 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

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U.S. Department of Commerce Press Release

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced in a joint press release that U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to advance U.S. - China economic cooperation with a 100-day action plan under the framework of the U.S. - China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue. An early result of this initiative is that the U.S. officially welcomes China to receive imports of LNG from the U.S. and that Chinese companies may proceed at any time to negotiate contractual arrangements with U.S. LNG exporters. As the closest North American source of LNG to Asia, Alaska is positioned to greatly benefit from this improvement in trade relations between the U.S. and China.

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Governor Walker Appointed to President Trump’s Council of Governors

The White House announced yesterday President Donald Trump’s intent to appoint Governor Bill Walker to the 10-member Council of Governors, which focuses on military issues and defense spending. Governor Walker is the first Alaska governor to be appointed to the Council. Each governor will serve a two-year term.

The Council of Governors was created in 2008 by the National Defense Authorization Act and formally established by Executive Order 13528, issued on January 11, 2010. The Council is intended to serve as a mechanism for governors and key federal officials to address matters pertaining to the National Guard, homeland defense and defense support to civil authorities.

“My administration’s top priority is to build a safer Alaska,” Governor Walker said. “I am honored to accept this appointment. As the only independent governor in the nation, I intend to bring Alaska’s unique and important perspective to the issues that face our state and our nation. Given our strategic geographic location, it is crucial that our state participate in national defense conversations. This appointment will allow me to share Alaska's story in a new way with the Trump Administration and the nation."

The Executive Order specifically names a number of federal participants in the Council, including the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security, the President’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor, the Commander of U.S. Northern Command and the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, among others.

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Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Files to Develop Alaska LNG Project

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) today filed an application to obtain a Natural Gas Act Section 3 permit with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its Alaska LNG project.

FERC is the federal agency that authorizes siting, construction, and operation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects, and will lead the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) review process. The agency will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project as well as coordinate permit applications with other federal agencies. Advancing the project through the federal environmental process will reduce the permitting risk and provide surety to project investors, financiers, and customers. FERC will soon publish a schedule for the NEPA process in the federal register that outlines the time to develop a draft EIS (likely 12 months) and a final EIS (another 6 months). The outcome of this NEPA process will be a FERC order that authorizes AGDC to construct the Alaska LNG project.

The project is an integrated gas infrastructure development with three major components: a gas treatment plant located at Prudhoe Bay, an 800-mile pipeline to Southcentral Alaska with up to five offtakes for in-state use, and a natural gas liquefaction plant in Nikiski to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) for export.

“Today’s FERC filing marks a major milestone in moving the Alaska LNG project forward,” said AGDC President Keith Meyer. “This is the culmination of over one million man hours invested in project engineering and design, more than 193,000 acres mapped, over 300 streams surveyed, thousands of boreholes drilled along the proposed route, and approximately 50,000 pages of material submitted to FERC.”

The project liberates 35 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of proven natural gas resources stranded on the North Slope. The project anticipates 9,000 to 12,000 jobs for design and construction plus approximately 700 to 1,000 jobs for long-term operations. The gas pipeline will provide Alaskans with access to lower-cost, clean energy for residential and industrial use. Additionally, the liquefaction plant will be authorized to process 20 million tons of LNG per year for export, which will provide revenue to the State of Alaska for generations.

With today’s filing, AGDC also filed major permit applications with four additional federal agencies, including the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, and National Marine Fisheries Service.

Today’s FERC filing is a strong indicator to Alaskans and potential LNG buyers and investors that the Alaska LNG project is moving forward.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence meets with Alaska Gasline Development Corporation

ANCHORAGE – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met Saturday, April 15 with Alaska Governor Bill Walker and Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) President Keith Meyer. The vice president made a stop in Alaska as part of his trip to Asia.

“We had an excellent briefing and discussion with Vice President Pence about the Alaska LNG project,” said Meyer. The project will be the United States’ largest energy export project and will help fortify the nation’s ability to export LNG to the Asia-Pacific region.

The Alaska LNG project is expected to create 9,000 to 12,000 jobs for design and construction, with approximately 700 to 1,000 jobs for long-term operations. Almost every labor craft will be required, including: boilermakers, carpenters, insulators, ironworkers, laborers, electricians, instrument technicians, operating engineers, pipe fitters, welders, and more. The project will monetize America’s largest concentration of proven, conventional, but stranded, natural gas supply. It will provide low-cost, clean energy for Alaskans as well as LNG exports to the Asia-Pacific region for generations.

“Our meeting was a perfect precursor to the vice president’s trip to Asia,” said Meyer. Over the coming days, Vice President Pence will meet with leaders in South Korea as well as Japan – two primary markets for Alaska LNG. Trade partnerships will be a primary discussion topic.

Vice President Pence is the latest in a string of recent high-profile government officials to express interest in the Alaska LNG project. Last week, on April 7, Chinese President Xi Jinping, returning to Beijing after meeting with President Donald Trump, visited Anchorage where he met with Walker and Meyer. A significant point of discussion between the three leaders was the Alaska LNG project and how Alaska and China are well positioned for a long-term LNG trading relationship.

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AGDC Meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping

ANCHORAGE – On Friday, April 7, the President of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), His Excellency Xi Jinping, met with Alaska Governor Bill Walker, Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) president, Keith Meyer, and other State of Alaska representatives in Anchorage, Alaska. President Xi, traveling with PRC First Lady Peng Liyuan and a delegation of high-ranking Chinese officials, visited Anchorage for an evening of meetings and dinner after first having met with President Donald J. Trump in Florida earlier that day.

China is Alaska’s largest trading partner, importing more than a quarter of the state’s exports. President Xi’s visit signifies the commitment to these longstanding commercial ties as well as provides an occasion to explore new, mutually beneficial opportunities.

One such opportunity, and a significant point of discussion between President Xi, Governor Walker, and Mr. Meyer, is the Alaska LNG project. The project is an integrated gas infrastructure development with three major components: a gas treatment plant located at Prudhoe Bay, an 800-mile pipeline to Southcentral Alaska with up to five offtakes for
in-state use, and a natural gas liquefaction plant and export terminal in Nikiski, Alaska.

Working together, Alaska and China are positioned to greatly benefit from the Alaska LNG project.

During dinner, President Xi mentioned the large scale of Chinese need for natural gas, saying his country has “100 years of demand.” Mr. Meyer replied, “Alaska has 100 years supply,” iterating Alaska is the ideal partner to help China meet its energy needs.

The project will enable Alaska to monetize one of the world’s largest proven natural gas resources. It is anticipated to create 9,000 to 12,000 jobs for design and construction with approximately 700 to 1,000 permanent jobs upon completion.

The project will provide China with clean, reliable, and competitive energy for generations.
Additional incentives for both governments to pursue the Alaska LNG project include climate change and the trade balance between the two nations.

“The Alaska LNG project offers tremendous upside potential for both Alaska and China,” said Mr. Meyer. “We will put Alaskan’s to work, monetize the state’s vast natural gas resource, and provide China with clean energy to move forward. This is a win-win opportunity.”

The parties agreed to have further meetings in China, Alaska, and Washington D.C.

Chinese Central Television (CCTV) captured this image of Alaska Governor Bill Walker meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Hotel Captain Cook on April 7, 2017 in Anchorage, AK. Also in the frame, from left to right, are Chinese Consul General to San Francisco Luo Linquan, Alaska First Lady Donna Walker, China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan, Alaska Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott, Governor Walker’s Chief of Staff Scott Kendall, Alaska Gasline Development Corporation President Keith Meyer, and Alaska Department of Revenue Commissioner Andy Mack.

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AGDC Contracts With Therriault To Assist in Government Relations

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), an independent, public corporation of the State of Alaska, is pleased to hire former Sen. Gene Therriault to assist in government relations. Under a shared services agreement with Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA), Therriault will help coordinate legislative presentations and responses on behalf of the AGDC.

Therriault currently works part-time time for AIDEA on the Interior Energy Project and manages AIDEA’s interaction with the Alaska State Legislature. The shared contractual arrangement with AIDEA maximizes AGDC services using minimal project expenditure. The AGDC team welcomes his experience and knowledge to the project.

“We are very fortunate to have Gene Therriault join the AGDC team,” said AGDC President Keith Meyer. “Gene’s prior experience as a legislator and his experience with in-state energy projects will be extremely helpful as we continue discussions with state legislators and work towards advancing the Alaska gasline and LNG project.”

Born and raised in North Pole, Mr. Therriault is a lifelong Alaskan. He was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1992 at the age of 32, filling a seat in the Legislature for 17 years. During his tenure in office, he was selected by his colleagues to serve two terms as co-chair of the House Finance Committee and one term as president of the Alaska Senate.

Following his time in elected office, Mr. Therriault was employed as a senior policy advisor on in-state energy in the governor’s office. In that role, he worked closely with the governor and agency personnel on efforts to help Alaska navigate toward a more certain energy future.

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AGDC and BP Enter Into Cooperation Agreement on the Alaska LNG Project

AGDC is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Cooperation Agreement with BP to collaborate in the development of the financial and tolling structure intended to advance the Alaska gasline and LNG project. This agreement is intended to assist in developing a commercial structure of the project to enable project financing. BP will contribute staff, resources, and selection of third-party contractors.

The stated objectives of the agreement are:

  • To progress the effort to utilize third-party infrastructure funding sources as a means to reduce the cost of service on the Project infrastructure.
  • Refine understanding of tolling structures to identify a viable and competitive structure for Alaska or identify alternative structures that may be viable.
  • Map out an agreement framework and phasing required to successfully execute and operate the Project.
  • Assist AGDC in developing the Project on an expeditious timeline within AGDC’s target in-service date of 2023-25.
  • Identify likely funding sources for FEED and confirm need for new equity investors.
  • Introduce common language for discussing risk allocation in commercial structure.
  • Identify possible long-term financing structures to reduce project cost of supply.

“AGDC is pleased to have the continued support of BP in advancing Alaska’s major gas infrastructure project,” said Keith Meyer, President of AGDC, “As we turn our attention in 2017 to the areas of commercial, financial structuring, and regulatory, BP’s input will be invaluable.”

Click here to download a PDF of the full agreement.

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2016 Press Releases

Alaska LNG Becomes Alaska Gasline Development Corporation’s Project

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) and affiliates of ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips have concluded agreements that will enhance AGDC’s ability to progress an Alaska liquefied natural gas export project to commercialize Alaska’s North Slope natural gas resources.

Under a Pre-FEED Joint Venture Agreement (JVA), the parties completed all of the Pre- FEED deliverables and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) draft environmental and socioeconomic resource reports. Upon conclusion of the Pre-FEED activities, the parties have spent more than $500 million on an Alaska LNG project. AGDC will now assume the responsibility for the technical and regulatory activities associated with the project.

This arrangement promotes the seamless continuation of the regulatory, commercial and optimization efforts. AGDC plans on completing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) pre-filing process, building upon the draft environmental and socioeconomic resource reports prepared by the parties during Pre-FEED.

The Alaska LNG Project proposed facilities include a liquefaction facility in the Nikiski area on the Kenai Peninsula, an 800-mile large diameter pipeline, up to eight compression stations, at least five take-off points for in-state gas delivery, a gas treatment plant located on the North Slope and transmission lines to transport gas from Prudhoe Bay and Point Thomson to the gas treatment plant. The project is designed to export up to 20 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas per year.

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Governor Walker Invited to Speak in Korea about Alaska’s Energy Opportunities

ANCHORAGE—Following his meetings in South Korea last week, Governor Bill Walker accepted an invitation to return to Seoul tomorrow to speak about the role of Alaska’s rich energy potential to provide economic opportunities in the Eurasian region. The Future Consensus Institute, a nonprofit public policy research institute, is hosting the forum in partnership with Joongang Ilbo, one of Korea’s largest daily newspapers, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs, a London-based international affairs think tank. Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) President Keith Meyer will also attend the forum.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to talk directly to leaders from Korea, Japan, China, Russia and the United Kingdom about how Alaska’s vast energy resources can mutually benefit our respective economies,” Governor Walker said. “There will be discussion of the changing Arctic during this forum, so I am eager to talk about how Alaska’s strategic location can provide the reliability and stability of resource delivery.”

While in Seoul, Governor Walker and AGDC President Meyer will meet with the Deputy Prime Minister of Japan and other international leaders about Alaska’s oil and gas opportunities.

The Future Consensus Institute is paying for lodging, travel and ground transportation.

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Click to download the Invitation Letter. 

AGDC Securing Great Talent for the Future

Anchorage, Alaska – The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), an independent, public corporation of the State of Alaska, is pleased to announce the hiring of a senior level executive for the organization.

Rosetta Alcantra, former President of E3 Environmental, will become AGDC’s Vice President of Communications. “I am pleased to have Ms. Alcantra join the AGDC team,” said President, Keith Meyer. “As AGDC takes the leadership for the Alaska LNG project, it is important that we have qualified talent to lead our communication efforts into the future.”

Alcantra has extensive statewide experience with stakeholder engagement and cross cultural awareness. In addition to her role as President of E3 Environmental, she has served as Executive Director of United Way in Kenai and a Legislative Aide in Juneau. She will report to Keith Meyer, President of AGDC, and oversee the External Affairs and Government Relations Department for the corporation. Her duties will include directing and implementing the internal and external corporate communications, public and community relations, media, stakeholder engagement, and government relations.

“Rosetta has already been involved in stakeholder relations for Alaska LNG and other Alaskan oil and gas projects, so is able to hit the ground running. I am pleased to have a strong leader for engaging the diverse stakeholders in Alaska. Understanding the perspectives and building positive relationships throughout the State will be critical for this important Alaska project,” says Meyer. Alcantra will begin her tenure at AGDC on October 10.

About Alaska Gasline Development Corporation

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) is an independent, public corporation of the State of Alaska. AGDC will maximize the benefit of Alaska’s vast North Slope natural gas resource through the development of infrastructure necessary to move the gas into local and international markets. Visit www.agdc.us for up to date information.

Rosetta Alcantra high resolution photo is available here.

Rosetta Alcantra bio is available here.

 

For more information, please contact

Josie Wilson, Communications Manager

(907) 330-6380

jwilson@agdc.us

Raising Awareness of Alaska’s Project Internationally

Anchorage, Alaska – The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) this week commenced an international awareness and marketing campaign for the Alaskan LNG project under State leadership. The campaign started with the CWC Asia-Pacific LNG conference in Singapore, where the Governor of Alaska gave a keynote address. The first leg of the campaign ended with a series of meetings in South Korea with government and industry officials.

“Alaska has a strong reputation in the Asia-Pacific region for exporting natural resources. There was an enthusiastic reception from key market constituents for the unique aspects an Alaskan project can provide,” said AGDC President, Keith Meyer. “With 35 Tcf of proven, conventional gas reserves, a logistic advantage to the major Asia-Pacific markets, and strong support from the State of Alaska, we can craft service offerings well-suited to a market that is seeking high reliability and reduced volatility,” said Meyer.

Accompanying President Meyer on the trip were several officials from the State including: Governor Bill Walker, Andy Mack, the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, and John Hendrix, the Governor’s Chief Oil and Gas Advisor. “The State officials who joined me on this trip made it easy for me to demonstrate the project is alive and well, with the full support of the great State of Alaska,” said Meyer.

AGDC is planning additional marketing trips in the region and plans to invite international customers to visit Alaska. “Once potential customers better understand the project and its ability to offer direct access to Alaska’s vast North Slope gas resources, I think we will secure some lasting relationships for generations into the future,” said Meyer.

Click to watch President Meyer speak about Alaska’s Project in Korea.

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Governor Walker Meets with Obama Administration to Discuss Offshore Drilling in Alaska

ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott and Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack met this week with members of the Obama administration to request that Alaska remain in the five-year outer-continental shelf plan. Governor Walker and Commissioner Mack also met with the Ambassadors of Japan and Qatar to discuss the gasline project.

“With oil prices and production down, Alaska must be focused on the long game,” Governor Walker said. “The trans-Alaska oil pipeline is three-quarters empty. When Alaska became a state, we were told to live off of our resources. We just need access to them.”

Governor Walker, Lt. Governor Mallott and Commissioner Mack met with U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abigail Ross Hopper, Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze and other members of the Interior Department. They also met at the White House with President Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor Brian Deese and other White House staffers to request that Alaska’s interests be prioritized as the Administration transitions out. Governor Walker and Commissioner Mack, who flew into Washington, D.C., directly after their gasline meetings in Singapore and Korea, also briefed the federal officials on what they had heard from the Asia-Pacific market—which comprises 70 percent of the world’s liquefied natural gas consumer base.

“I thank the Obama administration for expressing continued support of the gasline project,” Governor Walker said. “Federal backing is important as we engage with the market on this project.”

Lt. Governor Mallott was in the nation’s capital for several other events, including the White House Tribal Nations Conference and the Arctic Indigenous Peoples meeting—prior to his role at the White House Arctic Science Ministerial, where leaders from around the globe discussed pooling  science resources to better understand the rapid changes in the Arctic and what those changes mean for other regions.

 

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Gov. Engages Top LNG Consumers in South Korea

Governor Bill Walker and members of his oil and gas team met in South Korea with the U. S. Ambassador and key government and company officials about potential offtake, investment and partnership opportunities in Alaska's liquefied natural gas (LNG) project.

"Korea spends at least $10 billion on LNG every year," Governor Bill Walker said. "Alaska reinjects twice the amount of natural gas that the entire country of South Korea uses every day. That gives us an indication of the significant potential annual revenue for the state. Given Alaska's deficit, it is imperative that we monetize our gas; it's our number-one get-well card."

Korea currently imports liquefied natural gas from the Gulf of Mexico and the Middle East, where shipments can take up to 25 days to arrive. Importing from Alaska would significantly shorten the delivery time to about eight days.

"Alaska's location makes our project strategically advantageous to Korea, one of the world's top LNG consumers," Governor Walker said. "We were able to confirm during our meetings that the Asian market will be looking for new sources to begin supplying LNG no later than 2023-which matches the Alaska LNG market delivery window."

Alaska has a long established trade partnership with Korea, which is a top importer of fish, timber and coal from the Last Frontier.

The gasline would lead to thousands of jobs and the development of other industries.

"The mineral resources in Alaska are second to none," said Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack. "A gasline will open up opportunities for explosive growth in the mining industry so we can unlock our mineral potential by making lower cost energy to those mines."

Click to watch Governor Walker speak about Korea.

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Alaska Delegation Engages Global LNG Market

Governor Bill Walker and members of his oil and gas team provided an update on the series of meetings they held with various company and government officials in Singapore, where the Governor was invited to deliver a keynote speech at the CWC World LNG & Gas Series: Asia Pacific Summit.

Alaska Gasline Development Corporation President Keith Meyer, Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack and the Governor’s Chief Oil and Gas Advisor John Hendrix joined the Governor for meetings with prospective partners, investors, and buyers.

“We were able to show that Alaska has the right team with the expertise to lead on this gasline,” Governor Walker said. “We not only raised awareness of the Alaska gasline project, we rekindled interest in our state’s tremendous potential to provide long-term solutions to the market’s energy needs.”

Governor Walker underscored the need for securing a customer base before building a pipeline. He emphasized the importance of engaging the Asian market in particular, as it comprises 70 percent of the world’s total liquefied natural gas consumption.

“As we secure more customers, we lower the cost of the project and the cost of energy to Alaskans,” Governor Walker said. “Too many Alaskans are forced to choose between paying for food or paying to heat their homes. The gasline will change that by bringing down the cost to power homes and businesses and will even spur the development of new industries. Just as the trans-Alaska pipeline provided jobs and economic growth, the gasline will lead to tremendous opportunities for generations to come.”

Click to watch Governor Bill Walker's speech at the CWC World LNG & Gas Series: Asia Pacific Summit in Singapore on Wednesday, September 21. The speech is about 15 minutes long.

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Governor Walker Welcomes Support of Producers on Gasline Efforts

Governor Bill Walker today thanked North Slope producers BP Alaska and ConocoPhillips Alaska for providing a joint letter of assurance to help Alaska Gasline Development Corporation move a State-led project forward.

In a letter sent to the Governor this week, BP Alaska President Janet Weiss and ConocoPhillips Alaska President Joe Marushack reiterated their support for the Alaska LNG project, and the state's efforts to take the lead on that project in the coming months.

"This was the first email I received upon arriving in Singapore, and it was a great way to start off our trip to engage the Asian market on Alaska's tremendous natural gas opportunities," Governor Walker said. "BP and ConocoPhillips have played an integral role in developing Alaska's AK LNG project. With their assurance that gas will be available for the project, the state can now move forward in its pursuit to monetize Alaska's vast and proven reserves of natural gas."

In their September 19 letter to the Governor, BP Alaska and ConocoPhillips Alaska reaffirmed their alignment on the Alaska LNG project, and their full cooperation in the transition to state leadership of the project. The two companies also voiced their support for AGDC's intended efforts to file a FERC application, seek confirmation of the project's federal tax-exempt status, and other important project milestones.

"As AGDC transitions to a position of leadership on the Alaska LNG project, it is absolutely critical that we have the support of the Producers in these efforts," Governor Walker said. "This letter outlines that support and sends the message that Alaska LNG is moving forward."

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AGDC and ConocoPhillips Execute MOU – Position for Next Steps

Singapore – The State of Alaska (through the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, or AGDC) and ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. have executed a Memorandum of Understanding MOU) regarding negotiations to form a joint venture company (JV) that could facilitate marketing LNG from the Alaska LNG project to global LNG markets and acquire North Slope gas, with the goal of bringing LNG buyers and North Slope wellhead sellers together. AGDC and ConocoPhillips also intend to pursue the support of the other major North Slope producers in the formation of the JV.

This MOU is part of AGDC’s broader plan to position the Alaska LNG Project for a FEED decision.  That plan includes key elements such as:

  • structuring for federal and state tax efficiencies – including seeking a federal ruling on tax-exempt status;
  • advancing low-cost financing and investor options;
  • engaging engineering, procurement & contracting companies with the ability to shoulder a significant part of the construction risk;
  • enrolling major North Slope producers to commit their gas to the planned JV or tolling arrangements with the project; and
  • positioning a JV company to engage the LNG market to gauge the extent and timing of demand.

The MOU focuses on leveraging the strengths of the parties to advance the goal of economic commercialization of the vast North Slope natural gas resources.

The MOU anticipates activities that include raising market awareness of the Alaska North Slope gas resource and the Alaska LNG project.  Active sales and negotiation activities with global buyers could begin once the JV has been successfully formed.

“The AGDC board welcomes the commercial progress made by AGDC under the leadership of President Meyer as evidenced by this agreement,” said Dave Cruz, Chairman of AGDC.

“We are pleased to be working with ConocoPhillips, the leader in Alaskan LNG, in this important phase of Alaska’s major infrastructure project,” said Keith Meyer, President of AGDC.

Once established, it is anticipated that the JV would focus initially on gathering LNG market information in support of the JV’s pursuit of gas and LNG sales agreements as the project moves forward.

The JV would also seek to establish terms for a sufficient and reliable supply of gas to the project, resolving longstanding project gas supply assurance issues.  The MOU anticipates that other producers or third parties could join the JV, make gas available via wellhead sales, or commit to tolling arrangements with the Alaska LNG Project.

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Governor Walker Announces Appointments to AGDC Board

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September 19, 2016 ANCHORAGE – As the Alaska LNG project continues to transition to State leadership, Governor Bill Walker today announced three appointments to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Board of Directors.

Warren Christian of North Pole and David Wight of Anchorage will fill vacancies on the board that have occurred due to an expiring term and a resignation. Additionally, Hugh Short of Girdwood was reappointed to his seat on the AGDC Board.

“These three Alaskans possess experience, knowledge, and resources that will prove vital as AGDC takes the lead to bring North Slope gas to the world market,” Governor Walker said. “I look forward to seeing the contributions they make to the AGDC Board, and adding to the outstanding work this group has already done to develop the Alaska LNG project.”

Christian will serve on the board until September of 2018, as his appointment fills the vacancy created by Luke Hopkins’ resignation in May. Both Wight and Short will serve five-year terms through September, 2021. Wight will replace former board member Rick Halford, who decided to not seek another term on the AGDC Board.

“I thank Luke Hopkins and Rick Halford for their service on the AGDC Board of Directors,” said Governor Walker. “I sincerely appreciate the efforts they made to advance the Alaska LNG project.”

David Wight
David Wight resides in Anchorage, and holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University. Wight served as President and CEO of the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (APSC) from 2000-2006. Prior to that he was the President and Chairman of BP Amoco Energy Company Trinidad and Tobago from 1992 – 2000, playing an integral role in the development and construction of an LNG facility in Trinidad.

Heavily involved in his community, Wight has chaired the UAA Chancellor’s Advisors Board since 2009. He currently serves on the Northrim Bank Board of Directors and the Providence Alaska Medical Center Board. He is a past member of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association Board and the Association of Oil Pipe Lines Board. Wight’s 41 years of experience in the energy sector, including gas development, gas processing plants, and LNG plant development, will be a major asset to the AGDC Board.

Warren Christian
Warren Christian of North Pole is the current President of Doyon Associated, LLC, which specializes in arctic pipeline construction and associated infrastructure. Previously the President and General Manager of ASRC Energy Services’ Houston Contracting Company, he brings over 30 years of experience in the construction and oil field services industries on the North Slope and across Alaska.

Christian’s expertise spans the entirety of pipeline projects. He received his welder and pipefitter apprenticeship training through the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 375 in 1983, and the knowledge he has gained over the years will provide the AGDC Board with important perspective.

Hugh Short
Hugh Short was first appointed to the AGDC Board in February 2015. His extensive background in business management and Alaska infrastructure development continue to make Short a valuable member of AGDC’s governing body. A resident of Girdwood, Short has been the president and CEO of PT Capital since 2012. Prior to that, he served as President/CEO and Vice President of Alaska Growth Capital, and Vice President of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Short previously served as Chairman of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority Board of Directors. He received a BA in Political Science from UAA in 1997, and an MS in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University in 2007.

In addition to his extensive business background, Short served as Mayor of Bethel from 2002-2004 and was the Community Development Director of the Exxon-Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council from 1996-2000.

AGDC is governed by a seven-member board of directors, including five public members and two commissioners. Upon confirmation by the Legislature, the three appointees will join Dave Cruz of Palmer, Joey Merrick of Anchorage, Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Heidi Drygas, and Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner Marc Luiken on the board.

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Mark Wiggin to Serve as New DNR Deputy Commissioner

Mark Wiggin to Serve as New DNR Deputy Commissioner

Japan Expresses Continued Interest in Alaska LNG

Japan Expresses Continued Interest in Alaska LNG

Alaska Gasline Development Corp Secures LNG Expertise – Alaska Poised for Growth with Appointment of President Keith Meyer

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June 9, 2016 Anchorage, Alaska – The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) announced today the appointment of Keith M. Meyer as its new President. The appointment was made at a meeting of the corporation’s board of directors held in Anchorage.

Today’s announcement is the culmination of an extensive five-month national search initiated in December following the resignation of Dan Fauske. The board considered a number of very qualified executives before selecting Meyer, who assumes his new role on June 15th.

Mr. Meyer is a seasoned energy executive with more than 35 years of industry experience, including 15 years focused on liquefied natural gas (LNG) initiatives. Meyer has managed the development of large-scale infrastructure projects spanning four continents to include LNG terminals, natural gas pipelines, power plants, gas liquids plants, storage, and gas separation projects. He joins AGDC from LNG America an energy logistics company he founded in 2008 to provide end-to-end LNG distribution solutions to increase the use of LNG as a fuel source within the marine, transportation and other high horsepower industries. Meyer was previously president of Cheniere LNG where he oversaw the development of the Sabine Pass receiving terminal, North America’s largest. He was also with CMS Energy Inc., and ANR Pipeline Company.

“Keith’s contribution will be immediate and impactful. He’s a proven leader who understands what’s at stake in Alaska, and possesses the skills and experience we need at this critical time in the development of our natural gas pipeline and LNG project,” said Dave Cruz, AGDC Chairman. “Keith believes in Alaska and in the mission of AGDC. I’m proud to welcome him aboard.”

Meyer was identified as a leading candidate early in the board’s recruitment process. In March, he was placed under contract to advise the corporation on project and commercial activities, allowing the board time to further evaluate his qualifications.

Meyer takes the helm of AGDC following the State of Alaska’s $65 million acquisition of TransCanada’s interest in the Alaska LNG project. AGDC holds the state’s 25% interest in the 20 Mtpa LNG export project which is completing a $400 million preliminary front-end engineering design phase this year. The world class project includes a 3-train liquefaction facility in Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula, an 800-mile pipeline and a 3.3 Bcfd gas treatment plant on Alaska’s North Slope.

“Alaska is engaged in one of the largest energy projects in North America. I’m excited by the challenge and incredibly honored by the trust and confidence the board is placing in me,” said Keith Meyer. “I understand how vital the gas pipeline and LNG project are to our Alaskan economy, and I’m committed to getting them built.”

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Luke Hopkins Resigns From AGDC Board of Directors – Declares Intent to Run for Alaska State Senate

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AGDC Board Elects Officers and Appoints Interim President – Dave Cruz Elected Chairman of the Board, Fritz Krusen Named Interim President

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ANCHORAGE – Today, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) board of directors elected Dave Cruz as Chairman of the Board and appointed Fritz Krusen to serve as interim President of the corporation. Mr. Cruz had been serving dual roles as Acting Board Chair and President following the November 20th resignation of Dan Fauske.

Leslie “Fritz” Krusen joined AGDC in October 2014 as Vice President of Alaska LNG. In that role, he has had primary technical and project management responsibility over AGDC’s participation in the Alaska LNG export project. Mr. Krusen joined AGDC after a 36-year career in the oil and gas industry where he held a variety of engineering, technical and project management positions both domestically and internationally. He has 25 years of specific LNG experience, including six years as head engineer at ConocoPhillips’ Kenai LNG plant and four years as that company’s Project Manager for Alaska Gas Commercialization.

“AGDC is very fortunate to have a talent like Fritz already on our senior management team” said Chairman Dave Cruz. “He’s proven to be a tremendous asset during the last year and has the skills and experience to guide us through this transition. With Fritz, we maintain the continuity and momentum that is so critical to our success.”

In other board action today, Hugh Short was elected Vice-Chairman and Joey Merrick Secretary-Treasurer. Mr. Short, who also serves as Chairman of the board’s Governance Committee, provided an update regarding the search for a permanent corporate President. After an internal review of a number of executive search firms, AGDC has retained B+R Partners, Inc. of Houston, Texas. B+R specializes in executive search within the oil and gas industry.

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Alaska LNG Project Advances with 2016 Work Plan and Budget Approval

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ANCHORAGE – Alaska LNG Project participants have approved a budget of more than $230 million to advance work on the proposed liquefied natural gas export project.

Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil voted today to support 2016 project funding to continue preliminary engineering and optimization efforts on the estimated $45-$65 billion project that would commercialize Alaska’s North Slope natural gas resources. This marks another important milestone for the Alaska LNG Project

As a key component of the approved 2016 work program, the team will develop and execute a comprehensive contracting strategy to provide sufficient time for bidders to prepare competitive and quality bids for front-end engineering and design (FEED), the next stage in the project’s development. To date, the project sponsors have spent $350 million on the pre-FEED work.

“The project participants see an opportunity in 2016 to advance activities that were initially planned for the FEED stage of the project,” said Steve Butt, senior project manager for the Alaska LNG Project. “This early effort will provide participants with higher quality information and analysis to help better support a FEED funding decision.”
A key component of the approved 2016 work plan for the Alaska LNG project includes filing a series of draft environmental and socioeconomic resource reports with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). It also includes completing the feasibility evaluation and cost implications of a 48-inch diameter pipeline option, a variation of the existing project design basis. It is anticipated that a FEED funding decision for the Alaska LNG Project will occur in mid-2017, in line with the Heads of Agreement signed by the State of Alaska and the Alaska LNG project participants in 2014.

The Alaska LNG Project would provide significant economic benefits to Alaskans including state revenues, new job opportunities and access to decades of in-state natural gas for homes and businesses. The project is also expected to create up to 15,000 jobs during construction and about 1,000 jobs for the operation itself.

Proposed facilities include a liquefaction facility in the Nikiski area on the Kenai Peninsula, an 800-mile large diameter pipeline, up to eight compression stations, at least five take-off points for in-state gas delivery, a gas treatment plant located on the North Slope and transmission lines to transport gas from Prudhoe Bay and Point Thomson to the gas treatment plant.


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AGDC Board Approves Alaska LNG 2016 Budget: State Makes $60 Million Additional Commitment to Integrated LNG Export Project

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ANCHORAGE – Today, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) board of directors authorized its management team to vote to approve the 2016 Work Program and Budget for the Alaska LNG Project. AGDC holds the State of Alaska’s equity interest in the integrated liquefied natural gas export project following the state’s $64.6 million acquisition of TransCanada’s midstream interests in the project last month.

Today’s resolution directs AGDC to commit the state to its share of 2016 funding to continue preliminary front-end engineering and design on the $45-$65 billion project to commercialize Alaska’s North Slope natural gas resources. The world class project includes a liquefaction facility in Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula, an 800-mile pipeline, in-state gas delivery points and a gas treatment plant on Alaska’s North Slope. The project will source gas from the existing Prudhoe Bay and Point Thomson fields.

“This is a monumental occasion for Alaska. Today’s vote is a clear indication of our commitment to get this project built”, said acting board Chairman Dave Cruz. “I want to thank the Governor, his administration, the Legislature, the AGDC team, and our amazing project partners for their hard work in getting us to this point.”

AGDC owns approximately 25% of the Alaska LNG project with partners BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil. The venture partners are expected to meet this afternoon to consider the project’s 2016 work program and budget. A unanimous vote of all participants is required to continue preliminary front-end engineering and design for the 2016 calendar year.

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Resolution 2015-03 [PDF]

AGDC Accepts President’s Resignation; Approves TransCanada Acquisition – State of Alaska Full 25% Equity Partner in Alaska LNG Export Project

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ANCHORAGE – At a special meeting held today, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) board of director’s accepted the conveyance of TransCanada’s interests in the Alaska LNG export project and authorized a payment of $64.6 million to TransCanada for those interests. The board also accepted the resignation of AGDC President Dan Fauske who tendered his resignation prior to the start of this morning’s meeting.

AGDC already holds the State of Alaska’s equity interest in the Alaska LNG project’s liquefaction facility planned for Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula. With today’s action, the corporation will assume TransCanada’s interest in the project’s 800-mile pipeline and North Slope gas treatment plant giving the state a 25% interest in the entire integrated LNG project. Today’s approval was expected following the board’s November 12th decision to postpone the payment to TransCanada until after the Department of Natural Resources had executed a Purchase and Sale Agreement. The state’s transaction is now expected to close on November 24th.

In a written letter to the board, Mr. Fauske said “I am proud of my time as President of the Corporation. During that time we were able to put together a corporation that not only met, but exceeded, all expectations. As an Alaskan for many years, I strongly desire that a natural gas pipeline project will come to pass. In that pursuit, I wish the Governor and this Board of Directors success.”

“Dan Fauske has done an incredible job founding, building and maturing this organization” said acting board Chairman Dave Cruz. “Under Dan’s leadership, Alaska has made more progress on a natural gas pipeline than ever before. I want to personally thank him for his dedication to this incredibly important project and for his years of service to the State of Alaska. He will be missed.”

Mr. Fauske’s resignation is effective January 1, 2016. The board directed its governance committee to engage an executive recruitment firm to initiate a worldwide search for a new corporate president. The board indicated that they will appoint an interim president to facilitate an orderly transition of leadership between Mr. Fauske and his successor. Until then, Mr. Cruz will perform those responsibilities.

In other action today, the board postponed a decision regarding the Alaska LNG project’s Work Program and Budget for 2016 until December 3rd. The project’s Management Committee is scheduled to meet on December 4th at which time a unanimous vote of all venture partners will be required to continue preliminary front-end engineering and design. A public notice of the December 3rd meeting will be forthcoming.

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Dan Fauske Resignation Letter

Governor Walker Appoints Former Fairbanks North Star Mayor to AGDC Board

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ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker announced his new appointments to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Board of Directors today. Luke Hopkins of Fairbanks will join the seven-member board, which oversees the agency’s efforts to build a natural gas pipeline and liquefaction plant in Alaska. Mr. Hopkins is the former mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough. He will fill the seat vacated by former AGDC Board Chairman John Burns.

“I am pleased to welcome Luke Hopkins to the AGDC Board of Directors. As the mayor of the Fairbanks Borough, Luke was instrumental in creating a new municipal gas utility for the Borough, and directing major funds to develop lower cost natural gas supply for Fairbanks residents,” said Governor Walker. “I also want to thank John Burns for his service to the AGDC board and the state. John is a talented attorney and I hope to utilize his skills in a different capacity of this project going forward.”

A resident of Fairbanks for nearly 50 years, Mr. Hopkins has an extensive background in local government and project development. He served on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Planning Commission for seven years, and was a Borough Assembly member for more than five years. In October 2015, Mr. Hopkins completed two terms as the Borough mayor, where he was actively involved in keeping military troops at Eielson Air Force Base and bringing major economic growth to the Fairbanks region. Mr. Hopkins has been involved in a wide variety of local and statewide boards and commissions, including the State of Alaska Municipal Advisory Gas Project Review Board, the Association of Defense Communities, the Alaska Municipal League, and the Alaska Gasline Port Authority.

Governor Walker also appointed Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner Marc Luiken to the AGDC Board today. Commissioner Luiken will fill the seat vacated by Department of Commerce Community and Economic Development Commissioner Chris Hladick. As the head of DOTPF, Commissioner Luiken oversees the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of Alaska’s transportation system, public buildings, and facilities.

“As the state transitions to play a larger role in the Alaska LNG project, it is absolutely critical that we have strong leadership in place to guide our endeavors. I also plan to work on direct communication between the Governor’s office and the legislature, and I will continue to look for opportunities to include them in discussions about the project,” Governor Walker said. “I look forward to working with the AGDC Board and the legislature in the coming months and years as we work to bring Alaska’s natural gas to the world market.”

AGDC is governed by a seven-member board of directors, which includes five public members and two commissioners. Mr. Hopkins and Commissioner Luiken will join AGDC board members Dave Cruz of Palmer, Rick Halford of Dillingham, Joey Merrick of Anchorage, Hugh Short of Girdwood, and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Heidi Drygas.

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AGDC Clairifies Status of ASAP Project – Federal Environmental Work on In-State Gasline Project Ongoing

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ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) released a statement today clarifying the status of the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) project. In the last few days, several media outlets have incorrectly reported that the corporation’s board of directors took action to suspend work on the ASAP project during their September 23rd meeting in Anchorage.

In a prepared statement, AGDC President Dan Fauske said:

The Alaska LNG project continues to be this corporation’s number one priority. However, our board’s direction to management has been clear – continue to maintain the viability and readiness of the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) project as the state’s backup plan. The corporation is prudently managing the state’s resources by eliminating duplication of effort and cost, but intent on preserving ASAP’s knowledge base and readiness in the event the Alaska LNG initiative does not progress to project sanctioning. At our September meeting, the AGDC board received a progress update from the ASAP team, but issued no directional change to management regarding the project.

In January, AGDC completed FEED and delivered a full Class 3 cost estimate for the ASAP project. The milestone was the culmination of a substantial body of work, conducted over several years and it was achieved on-time and under budget. However, in response to the State of Alaska’s decision to prioritize the Alaska LNG project, the AGDC board prudently adjusted the future work plan, budget and timeline of the ASAP project to bring it into alignment with key Alaska LNG decision milestones. This included postponing additional commercial activities pending an outcome on the Alaska LNG project. With principal ASAP engineering work completed, AGDC has concentrated its work efforts on continuing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) process so that federal permits and right-of-ways for the ASAP project can be secured.

During last week’s board meeting, the ASAP project team confirmed that AGDC filed a revised Section 404 Clean Water Act permit application with the Corps on September 10th and would also be submitting an updated right-of-way lease amendment to the State of Alaska within the next several weeks. The team also highlighted that it has recently posted a new interactive map viewer to the ASAP website in support of the SEIS process. The map viewer allows the public to explore the project’s alignment, geographic footprint, facilities and design components in order to better visualize the project and its potential impacts.

The ASAP project is designed to deliver utility grade natural gas from Alaska’s North Slope to Fairbanks, Anchorage and as many other communities within the state as possible. The project consists of a gas conditioning facility, a 36-inch diameter pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to ENSTAR’s existing gas distribution system near Anchorage at Big Lake; and a 30-mile lateral to Fairbanks.

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Governor Walker Speaks at LNG Producer-Consumer Conference

Governor Walker Speaks at LNG Producer-Consumer Conference, Meets with KOGAS, world’s largest LNG buyer

Governor Walker Makes AGDC Board Appointments – Merrick Appointed, Cruz Reappointed

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ANCHORAGE –Governor Bill Walker today appointed a new member to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation’s Board of Directors. A.J. “Joey” Merrick II of Eagle River will join AGDC’s governing body, which oversees efforts to develop liquefied natural gas in Alaska.

“I am pleased to welcome Joey Merrick to the AGDC team,” said Governor Walker. “Joey’s experience in the construction and pipeline industries, combined with his statewide business experience, will make him an outstanding addition to AGDC’s governing body.”

Joey Merrick has a long history with Laborers’ Local 341, beginning as a laborer apprentice in 1989. Since then, he has served as a general foreman, business agent and president, and now the union organization’s secretary-treasurer. He has over 15 years of experience as a foreman in construction specific to Alaska’s pipeline industry. He is also involved with several community organizations, including the Alaska Military Youth Academy, Resource Development Council for Alaska, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Alaska Support Industry Alliance and Commonwealth North. He previously served on the Alaska Workforce Investment Board of Directors, and is known in many circles to be a highly ethical and effective negotiator.

Governor Walker also re-appointed Dave Cruz of Palmer to the AGDC board. Mr. Cruz is the President of Cruz Companies, which specializes in oil field services, heavy civil construction, remote camp construction, tug and barge operations, and a variety of other construction support activities. He has served on a number of boards and commissions, including the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Port Commission, the Resource Development Council for Alaska, and Associated General Contractors of Alaska.

“Dave Cruz brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the construction industry, and I am honored to re-appoint him to the AGDC board,” said Governor Walker. “His work on the North Slope and first-hand knowledge of cold weather construction are essential to moving a gasline project forward in Alaska.”

AGDC is governed by a seven-member board of directors, which includes five public members and two commissioners. Mr. Merrick will join AGDC board members John Burns of Fairbanks, Dave Cruz of Palmer, Rick Halford of Dillingham, Hugh Short of Girdwood, Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Heidi Drygas, and Department of Commerce Community and Economic Development Commissioner Chris Hladick.

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Alaska LNG Project LLC Receives Conditional Authorization to Export LNG to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries

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ANCHORAGE –The Alaska LNG project marks another significant milestone with today’s announcement by the United States Department of Energy that it has conditionally authorized the Alaska LNG Project LLC to export liquefied natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries.

The application to export up to 20 million metric tons per year of liquefied natural gas from Alaska for a 30-year period was submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy last July. Authorization to export to nations with existing free trade agreements with the U.S. was previously received in November 2014. Today’s announcement conditionally further expands the authorization to include non-Free Trade Agreement countries as well.

“We are very pleased with the progress this represents,” said Steve Butt, Alaska LNG senior project manager. “As with any large scale LNG project, access to as many markets as possible will improve the commercial viability of the proposed project.”

The Alaska LNG project would provide significant economic benefits to Alaskans including state revenues, new job opportunities and access to decades of in-state natural gas for homes and businesses in Alaska. The Alaska LNG project is anticipated to create up to 15,000 jobs during construction and approximately 1,000 jobs for the operation of the project.

The proposed project facilities include a liquefaction facility in the Nikiski area on the Kenai Peninsula, an 800-mile large diameter pipeline, up to eight compression stations, at least five take-off points for in-state gas delivery, a gas treatment plant located on the North Slope and transmission lines to transport gas from Prudhoe Bay and Point Thomson to the gas treatment plant.

The Alaska LNG project participants are the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) and affiliates of ExxonMobil, TransCanada, BP and ConocoPhillips. For more information on Alaska LNG, visit ak-lng.com.

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Alaska LNG Project Draft Resource Reports Filed with FERC – Expands FERC Public Engagement Process for Alaska LNG Project

ANCHORAGE – A series of draft environmental and socioeconomic reports for the Alaska LNG Project has been submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is responsible for conducting the environmental review of the project. These reports, located at www.ferc.gov, also launch the pre-file public engagement process and provide preliminary baseline data about the project area and its potential impacts.

“These draft documents, known as Resource Reports, allow Alaska stakeholders to engage early in the regulatory process, so potential environmental and socioeconomic issues and opportunities can be proactively identified and managed,” said Steve Butt, project executive for the Alaska LNG Project. “They set the framework for the permitting process.”

The Alaska LNG Project is currently in the preliminary front end engineering and design (pre-FEED) phase of the project, which is expected to extend into 2016 with a gross spend of more than $500 million.

Because the project is still in the planning phase and details are still under development, the reports only provide preliminary baseline data about the project and its potential impacts. As the Alaska LNG Project design and scope become more defined, specific project impacts and their proposed mitigation measures will be included in second drafts of the Resource Reports, which are expected to be submitted to FERC in the next 12 to 18 months.

As each version of the Resource Reports is filed, there will be opportunity for stakeholders, including Alaskans, government entities and other interested parties to review and provide comments to the FERC. The input collected will be used to prepare a project final permit application, currently anticipated to occur in late 2016. Once the formal application is filed, FERC will begin developing an Environmental Impact Statement.

The FERC’s pre-filing process allows for open and transparent interaction between the FERC staff and stakeholders of the Alaska LNG Project, and is intended for early identification and resolution of environmental and other important issues.

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AGDC 2014 Annual Report is Now Available

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ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) 2014 Annual Report is now available. The annual report and AGDC audited financial statements were made available on the Corporation’s website Saturday. Alaska statutes (AS 31.25.140 and AS 31.25.270) require that the AGDC Board of Directors make the report available to Legislators and the public by January 10th each year.

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AGDC Board Meets in Anchorage – Updated Cost Estimates and Associated Tariffs Released for ASAP Project

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ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) Board of Directors concluded its monthly meeting today with actions that included welcoming two new board members, reviewing recent progress on both North Slope natural gas pipeline initiatives the Corporation is pursuing, and updating the 2015-16 work plan for the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) project.

As anticipated, AGDC also released today an updated cost estimate for the ASAP project as well as the tariffs associated with delivering gas to Fairbanks and Southcentral Alaska. The new Class III level estimate is the culmination of a substantial body of work, conducted over several years and involving an extensive review of all ASAP design, engineering and execution plans. Total installed capital costs are now estimated at $9.97 billion. Tariffs associated with delivering gas to Fairbanks are estimated at $5.50 to $6.75 ($/MMBtu) with burner tip prices in the range of $11.50 to $14.00. Deliveries to Anchorage and Southcentral are estimated at $8.00 to $9.75 with burner tip prices in the range of $11.50 to $14.50.

AGDC has reached this milestone on time and under budget, and it’s a testament to how far we’ve progressed the ASAP project, said AGDC President Dan Fauske. These new estimates validate our assumption that ASAP can deliver gas in-state at prices competitive with imported LNG, which has always been our comparative benchmark.

AGDC was charged with maturing ASAP design and engineering to a point at which a recourse tariff could be filed with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA). With the conclusion of this exercise, the Corporation has the major cost components that would be necessary to proceed. However, with the state’s decision last year to invest in the Alaska LNG export initiative, AGDC will postpone any tariff filing pending a decision by Alaska LNG partners whether to progress that project to Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED). That decision is expected during the first quarter 2016. The ASAP cost numbers released today, will help the Governor and the Legislature evaluate gasline related investment and policy alternatives facing the State in the near term.

At today’s meeting, the board also reviewed and approved a revised ASAP work plan for fiscal year 2015 and 2016, and in doing so reduced ASAP related expenditures by $90 million, from $150 million to $60 million. AGDC is the state’s common link between both ASAP and Alaska LNG, which allows for coordination, efficiency and cost avoidance. The ultimate goal is to advance a single project that is in the state’s best long-term interest. The work plan approved today focuses on developing assets and work that can benefit both projects, and addresses Gov. Walker’s recent Administrative Order.

Alaska LNG is the State’s highest policy priority and we are making significant progress with our producer partners. With the enactment of SB 138, the board directed staff to review all future ASAP work activities in order to bring both North Slope gas initiatives into better alignments said AGDC Chair John Burns. We are committed to eliminating duplication, but also intent on maintaining the readiness and viability of ASAP in the event the Alaska LNG project does not continue.

Today was the first board meeting for two of Gov. Walker’s new board appointees Heidi Drygas, Commissioner Designee of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and Fred Parady, Acting Commissioner of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. Heidi and Fred are great new additions to the board and we’re very much looking forward to working with them, said Burns.

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2014 Press Releases

Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) Public Scoping Report Released

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Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) Expected by Summer 2015

ANCHORAGE – What do Alaskans think of the current design for the State’s proposed Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) project? Interested individuals can find out by reading the Public Scoping Report recently released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and contractor ERM Alaska, Inc. The report is a summary of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) scoping activities that occurred between August 1 and October 14 of this year. The Corps is the lead federal agency and ultimately responsible for issuing a federal permit for the ASAP project. The scoping report summarizes the substantive comments received by the Corps during the public scoping period which included 16 public meetings in communities across Alaska. The full report is available online at the Corps’ SEIS website www.asapeis.com.

The ASAP project is designed to deliver utility grade natural gas from Alaska’s North Slope to Fairbanks, Anchorage and as many other communities within the state as practical. The project consists of a gas conditioning facility at Prudhoe Bay; a 727-mile, 36-inch diameter, mostly buried pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to ENSTAR’s existing gas distribution system near Anchorage at Big Lake; and a 29-mile, 12-inch diameter lateral to Fairbanks.

The SEIS evaluates the size, design and location of the ASAP project, analyzes potential impacts associated with its construction and operation, and considers alternatives. The next opportunity for the public to comment on the ASAP project will be after the Draft SEIS is published, which the Corps anticipates will be in mid-2015. Following the publication of the Draft SEIS, there will be a new 60-day public comment period. Individuals interested in receiving e-mail notifications about the ASAP SEIS process may register with the Corps directly at asapeiscomments@usace.army.mil.

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is an independent, public corporation of the State of Alaska established to commercialize Alaska’s North Slope natural gas and to develop gas pipelines and other energy transportation systems for the maximum benefit of the state. The Corporation is currently advancing two natural gas project’s on the state’s behalf – the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) and the Alaska LNG project. Learn more at www.agdc.us.

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AGDC Delivers Environmental Impact Document on ASAP Project

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Environmental Evaluation Document (EED) Reflects Minimized Environmental Impacts As A Result of Project Design Revisions

ANCHORAGE – Alaskans interested in the latest information about the proposed Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) will find it in the Environmental Evaluation Document (EED) that the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) recently delivered to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). The EED represents a significant step in the ASAP Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) process, which was formally initiated on August 1st.

The ASAP project is designed to deliver utility grade natural gas from Alaska’s North Slope to Fairbanks, Anchorage and as many other communities within the state as practical. The project consists of a gas conditioning facility at Prudhoe Bay; a 727-mile, 36-inch diameter, buried pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to ENSTAR’s existing gas distribution system near Anchorage at Big Lake; and a 29-mile, 12-inch diameter lateral to Fairbanks.

The Corps previously issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the ASAP project in October 2012. Since then, AGDC has proposed a number of project revisions to reduce costs, increase efficiency, improve gas accessibility along the route and reduce the project’s overall environmental footprint. Major revisions include shifting the gas composition from enriched gas, to utility-grade lean gas, shortening and straightening the alignment, moving to an industry standard 36-inch diameter mainline pipe, reducing wetlands impact and making modifications to the West Dock Causeway at Prudhoe Bay to improve overall project constructability. The EED details all project revisions and identifies and evaluates any associated environmental impacts. The EED is intended to supplement the information provided in the 2012 FEIS and to report changes in the type or degree of impact between the project originally evaluated and the project currently proposed.

A full copy of the 278-page EED, with attachments, is available on the ASAP Project website.

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is an independent, public corporation of the State of Alaska established to commercialize Alaska’s North Slope natural gas and to develop gas pipelines and other energy transportation systems for the maximum benefit of the state. The Corporation is currently advancing two natural gas project’s on the state’s behalf – the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) and the Alaska LNG project. Learn more at www.agdc.us.

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Alaska LNG Project Marks Milestone with Submission of FERC Pre-Filing Request

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+ Process lays groundwork for the environmental review required for the siting, design, and permitting for construction of the proposed project that will create thousands of jobs
+ Supporting summer field work continues for a second season as part of pre-FEED

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska LNG Project has marked a major milestone with the recent submission of a formal request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to start the pre-file process for the major natural gas project.

The FERC pre-file milestone sets the stage for the activity associated with the environmental review required for the siting, design, and permitting for construction of the proposed project. This is another important step in the progression of the Alaska LNG project.

“We look forward to leveraging the extensive strengths of all the parties involved in the FERC pre-file process,” said Steve Butt, Alaska LNG senior project manager.

This process is supported by a second season of summer field work, which is part of the project’s $500 million pre-front-end engineering design (pre-FEED) phase. The 2014 summer field work, which is almost complete, employed approximately 250 people. The primary objective of the summer field work was to collect the data necessary to support requisite environmental permitting for the project and to support the routing and siting of project facilities. The majority of the work was focused along the pipeline route from Livengood to the proposed LNG liquefaction facility site in Nikiski.

The Alaska LNG project would provide significant economic benefits to Alaskans including state revenues, new job opportunities and access to decades of in-state natural gas for homes and businesses in Alaska. The Alaska LNG project is anticipated to create up to 15,000 jobs during construction and approximately 1,000 jobs for operation of the project.

The proposed project facilities include a liquefaction facility in the Nikiski area on the Kenai Peninsula, an 800-mile, large diameter pipeline, up to eight compression stations, at least five take-off points for in-state gas delivery, a gas treatment plant located on the North Slope and transmission lines to transport gas from Prudhoe Bay and Point Thomson to the gas treatment plant.

The Alaska LNG project participants are the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) and affiliates of ExxonMobil, TransCanada, BP and ConocoPhillips. An application for an LNG export license to the U.S. Department of Energy was submitted in July for the project. For more information on Alaska LNG, visit ak-lng.com.

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AGDC Makes Key Hires – Changes Reflect Expanded Corporate Mission and Authority

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Anchorage, AK – The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) today announced additions to its senior management team and organizational changes to accommodate recently enacted legislation which broadens the Corporation’s mission and authority. Senate Bill 138 gave AGDC the primary responsibility for developing the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas (Alaska LNG) export project on the State’s behalf, and retained its responsibility for continuing to advance the in-state alternative, the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) project.

In announcing the management changes, AGDC President Dan Fauske commented, “We’ve been fortunate in our ability to attract experienced and talented professionals to AGDC. Every one of these individuals recognizes the critical nature of our mission and has enthusiastically embraced the challenge.”

Leslie “Fritz” Krusen has been named Vice President, Alaska LNG with primary technical and project management responsibility for AGDC’s participation in the Alaska LNG export project. Krusen will be joining AGDC following a 36 year career with ConocoPhillips, most recently as Chief Facilities Engineer in their Houston office. During his career, Krusen held a variety of engineering, technical and project management positions both domestically and internationally. He brings 25 years of specific LNG experience to the position, including six years as head engineer at Conoco’s Kenai LNG plant and four years as Project Manager for Alaska Gas Commercialization. Krusen holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas. He has three adult children, including two who reside in Anchorage. Krusen begins October 1st.

Bruce Tangeman has joined AGDC as Vice President, Administration and Finance. Tangeman is the former Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Revenue, where among other responsibilities he managed the State’s Tax Division and was integrally involved in Alaska oil and gas tax policy. During the past year, he has been a lead member of the state team negotiating the Alaska LNG project. Tangeman also has worked as Chief Financial Officer for Doyon Utilities, Corporate Budget Officer for the Alaska Railroad Corporation and as a fiscal analyst with the State of Alaska’s Legislative Finance Division. Tangeman will have overall responsibility for the Corporation’s finances, internal administration and operations.

Kathy Day has joined AGDC as Communications Director. Day has more than 25 years of public relations experience in Alaska. She owned her own PR firm for 14 years, was Director of Public Relations at a leading Anchorage-based PR agency for 10 years and is a former television and radio journalist. Day will be responsible for internal and external communications focusing on media and public relations and community engagement.

Greg Cashen has joined AGDC as Administrative Services Director. Cashen has more than 15 years of service with the State of Alaska. He was special assistant and Assistant Commissioner for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, a former Executive Director of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board and most recently, Performance Review Project Manager with the Alaska Division of Legislative Audit. He began his state career managing the Community Development Quota Program. Cashen is responsible for all administrative operations including contract oversight and risk management functions.

In conjunction with these new hires, Fauske announced the following staff promotions:

Joe Dubler, formerly Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has been named Vice President Commercial Operations with overall responsibility for business development, commercial operations and gas marketing.

Frank Richards, P.E., formerly Director, Pipeline Engineering, is now Vice President, Engineering and Program Development with overall responsibility for design, engineering, environmental, regulatory, project management and construction planning.

Miles Baker, formerly Director of External Affairs and Government Relations, is now Vice President, External Affairs and Government Relations with overall responsibility for corporate communications, public relations, media, stakeholder engagement and government relations.

For more information, contact Leah Levinton, External Affairs Coordinator at (907) 330-6321 or llevinton@agdc.us. Photos of Krusen, Tangeman, Day, Cashen, Dubler, Richards and Baker can accessed here.

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) is an independent, public corporation of the State of Alaska charged with bringing North Slope natural gas resources to market with maximum in-state benefit. The Corporation currently is representing the state’s interests in two projects – the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) and the Alaska LNG project.

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Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Process Initiated on Alaska In-State Natural Gas Pipeline – Public Scoping Meetings to Begin August 18th

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Anchorage, AK – The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) announced today that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) noticed its intent to prepare a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) Project. The Notice of Intent was published in the Federal Register on August 1st and the initial 75-day scoping period runs through October 14th.

Scoping is the initial phase of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and provides an opportunity to engage the public, to solicit input from interested and affected stakeholders, and to identify the range of issues to be addressed in the SEIS. The Corps previously prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the ASAP project in October 2012. Since then, the project has undergone a number of design modifications which require additional public comment and analysis, and which necessitate an SEIS. While the Corps is the lead federal agency, other cooperating federal and state agencies will also participate. The SEIS will evaluate the size, design and location of the ASAP project, analyze potential impacts associated with its construction and operation, and consider alternatives. The SEIS ensures NEPA compliance and provides a basis for the Corps to issue a permit under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, and Section 103 of the Marine Protection Research and Sanctuaries Act.

The ASAP project is designed to deliver utility grade natural gas from Alaska’s North Slope to Fairbanks, Anchorage and as many other communities within the state as practical. The project consists of a gas conditioning facility at Prudhoe Bay; a 727-mile, 36-inch diameter, mostly buried pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to ENSTAR’s existing gas distribution system near Anchorage at Big Lake; and a 29-mile, 12-inch diameter lateral to the Fairbanks city gate. In support of the SEIS process, AGDC has published a revised Plan of Development for the ASAP project, a copy of which is available on the ASAP project website http://asapgas.agdc.us and on the Corps’ SEIS website www.asapeis.com.

The public is encouraged to participate in these meetings. Public comments can be made orally during the meeting or submitted in writing. More information on the SEIS process is available at www.asapeis.com.

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Export Application Filed with U.S. Department of Energy for Alaska LNG Project

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – In another important step forward for the Alaska LNG project, an application to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) was submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The export application requests authorization to export up to 20 million metric tons per year of LNG for a period of 30 years to countries that have existing free trade agreements with the U.S., as well as to non-free trade agreement countries.

“This is a significant milestone for the Alaska LNG project and demonstrates continued progress toward developing Alaska’s resources,” said Steve Butt, senior project manager. “Filing of an export application is a critical step in commercializing North Slope natural gas.”

The Alaska LNG project would provide significant economic benefits to Alaskans including state revenues, new job opportunities and access to decades of domestically produced natural gas for homes and businesses in Alaska.

According to a study by NERA Economic Consulting, submitted in support of the application, the Alaska LNG project would have “unequivocally positive” economic impacts in Alaska and the United States. The Alaska LNG project is anticipated to create up to 15,000 jobs during construction and approximately 1,000 jobs for operation of the project.

The proposed project facilities include: a liquefaction plant and terminal in the Nikiski area on the Kenai Peninsula; an 800-mile, 42-inch pipeline; up to eight compression stations; at least five take-off points for in-state gas delivery; and a gas treatment plant located on the North Slope.

The Alaska LNG project participants are the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) and affiliates of TransCanada, BP, ConocoPhillips, and ExxonMobil. The project is now in the pre-front-end engineering and design phase, which is expected to be completed in 2016. For more information on Alaska LNG, visit ak-lng.com.

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Administrative Services Director Bitney Departing – Deborah Bitney Leaving to Pursue Long-Standing Personal Interests

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Anchorage, AK – The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) announced today the resignation of Administrative Services Director Deborah Bitney who is departing to pursue long-standing personal and professional interests.

An early member of AGDC’s management team, Bitney is responsible for the Corporation’s internal administrative operations including all information technology, network administration, document control and risk management functions.

“I feel blessed to have had an opportunity to work with such a dynamic team and to have helped build this corporation from the ground up. AGDC has a truly unique mission with tremendous long-term significance to Alaskans” said Bitney. “I leave with mixed emotions, but after seven years of state service, I’m anxious to explore some other areas of interest”.

“Deb has been critical to our success and a trusted member of my senior management team. Her extensive experience with the State of Alaska proved invaluable over the past 12 months as we reorganized from being a subsidiary of AHFC into an independent, public corporation”, commented AGDC President Dan Fauske. “I hate to lose her, but wish her great success in her new endeavors”.

Ms. Bitney joined AGDC in May 2013 from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) where she was
Administrative Officer. She served as Director of the Permanent Fund Dividend Division, Department of Revenue from 2007 to 2012. Bitney’s final day will be May 23rd. A replacement has not been named.

For more information, please contact Miles Baker, Director Government Relations and External Affairs at (907) 330-6360.

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AGDC Encouraged by Export Interest in ASAP Project Natural Gas – Japanese LNG Developer Presents Multiple Investment Options to ADGC Board

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Anchorage, AK – The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) Board of Directors welcomed Resources Energy Inc. (REI) President and CEO Shun-ichi Shimizu to their regularly scheduled board meeting held in Anchorage on Monday. Mr. Shimizu, accompanied by REI Vice President and Alaska Manager Mary Ann Pease, presented an update on REI’s plans for developing LNG facilities on the Kenai Peninsula and at Point MacKenzie in Alaska.

Japanese owned REI, is a partnership of business and government entities interested in connecting Alaska’s North Slope natural gas supplies to the expanding Japanese energy market. Last year, REI completed a detailed feasibility study on financing and constructing a Greenfield liquefied natural gas plant in Nikiski capable of producing 1 million tons per annum of LNG for export to Japan.

“I view our project as an opportunity to continue the over 40 year history between Alaska and Japan” Mr. Shimizu told the board. “Once North Slope and Foothills gas becomes available, we will examine opportunities to expand our production capacity.”

AGDC Board members were encouraged by REI’s multifaceted interest in the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) project, particularly the company’s interest in purchasing as much as 150 MMscf per day of natural gas from the AGDC sponsored in-state ASAP pipeline. REI is prepared to make a multibillion dollar investment in Alaska to build the LNG facility, local storage, export terminal and ocean transportation assets. Mr. Shimizu reiterated that through their association with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, REI would also be interested in exploring opportunities to assist with the financing of the ASAP project.

Following the presentation, AGDC President Dan Fauske commented “REI would be an excellent anchor tenant for the ASAP project and the alignment of our project timelines is an encouraging sign as we prepare to hold our 2015 open session. Today’s presentation reaffirms our belief that we have a commercially viable project capable of delivering gas to Alaskans by 2020”.

To get a copy of REI’s presentation, please click here.

For more information, please contact Miles Baker, Director Government Relations and External Affairs at (907) 330-6360.

AGDC Submits Lease Amendment Application for ASAP Right-of-Way

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The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, pursuant to Alaska Statute 38.35.070, hereby gives notice that Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) submitted a request on January 10, 2014, to amend the right-of-way lease for the Alaska Stand Alone Gas Pipeline/ASAP.

The amendment application proposes several significant changes to the lease, including a change in pipeline design from a 24-inch diameter high pressure pipeline with a maximum allowable operating pressure of 2,500 psi to a 36-inch diameter lean gas pipeline with a maximum allowable operating pressure of 1,480 psi. The amendment application also includes lands on the North Slope for facilities associated with the project and proposes to revise the lease to reflect recent legislative actions.

Alaska Statute 38.35.200 governs judicial review of a decision of the commissioner. Any objections pursuant to AS 38.35.200 must be submitted in writing to the SPCO by 5:00 p.m. on March 28, 2014.
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Public Notice
Lessee Request for Amendment to ASAP Right-of-Way Lease
Proposed Changes to ASAP Right-of-Way Lease
Depiction of Proposed Changes to ASAP Right-of-Way Lease

State Signs Commercial Agreements for Alaska LNG Project – Agreements go Next to Alaska Legislature for Review

(Anchorage, AK) – Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Balash, Revenue Commissioner Angela Rodell and Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) President Dan Fauske announced today that they have signed a Heads of Agreement (HOA) with ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips, and TransCanada Corp., regarding the proposed Alaska LNG project, which would provide gas to Alaskans and be one of the largest export projects of its kind in the world.

“This agreement is essential to establishing the commercial structure of this project and will allow the project’s investors to move this project, so important to the future of all Alaskans and our broader economy, on a clear path forward,” said Commissioner Rodell.

“As an equity partner, the state will play a critical role in setting the terms for decades-worth of gas production from the North Slope. In setting these terms, our goal will be to maximize the royalty value of the state’s gas on behalf of all Alaskans,” said Commissioner Balash.

“Today’s agreement reaffirms AGDC’s central role as Alaska’s gas pipeline company and further enables the corporation to explore every option for delivering gas to Alaskans at the lowest possible cost. We’re moving full-steam ahead with our own Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) project and on-track for an open season in 2015,” Fauske said.

In addition to the HOA, the two commissioners have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with TransCanada defining the pipeline company’s role in developing the midstream (pipeline) portion of the

project. Both documents were made public today and will serve as guidance to the Alaska Legislature during its review of legislation Governor Sean Parnell will propose during the session beginning Tuesday, Jan. 21.

The HOA provides a roadmap for the Alaska LNG Project to ramp up the Pre-Front End Engineering Design (Pre-FEED) stage and establishes a framework for negotiating multiple project-enabling agreements. The HOA includes the state as an equity partner, provides gas to Alaskans, lays out proposed fiscal terms, and includes pro-expansion principles that will allow third-party access to all of the project components, including possible construction of a new LNG train at the liquefaction plant. It outlines significant participation by AGDC, including a new subsidiary to carry the state’s interest in the project, and specifically recognizes that AGDC will continue to pursue the ASAP instate gasline project.

The MOU with TransCanada is part of an amicable wind-down of its Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) license and describes an arrangement for the company to provide the State of Alaska with transportation services for the state’s royalty and tax share of gas flowing through the pipeline, including offtake points for instate gas deliveries. TransCanada would fund midstream development work and provide the state with an option to purchase up to 40 percent of the equity in the midstream component of the state’s portion of the overall project before it moves to Front End Engineering Design (FEED). The MOU also provides that TransCanada will work with the state to expand the Gas Treatment Plant and pipeline to additional, third-party gas producers on the North Slope. Various aspects of the MOU provide terms that are more attractive than what exists under AGIA, such as the debt structure for future pipeline expansions.

Governor Parnell announced in a Friday, Jan. 10 speech (click here for link) that he will ask the Alaska Legislature to take up bills that authorize DNR to modify leases, allow the state to enter gas shipping agreements, revise the production tax for natural gas, authorize AGDC to participate in liquefaction and make other changes. This legislation will pave the way for the LNG project partners to spend hundreds of millions during the pre-FEED stage. During the subsequent FEED stage (prior to construction), billions must be committed to complete the project engineering and design.

“We will be asking for some new powers that will allow us to fully participate in the LNG project, but in working through the legislative process, we intend to maintain transparency in our decision-making process. While the series of steps needed to execute an LNG project are more complicated than a traditional pipeline project, it remains important to include the public at each major decision point,” Balash said.

Following approval of the legislation, the state and the companies expect to complete their pre-FEED work in roughly 18 months. The FEED stage lasts two to three years, after which a final decision is made to proceed to construction.

The HOA and MOU are public documents and are available for review at www.dor.alaska.gov.

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2012 Press Releases

The ASAP Project Office Announces the Addition of Lila Hobbs to the Public Affairs Team

Anchorage – The Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) project office is pleased to announce the addition of Lila Hobbs to the Public Affairs team. Hobbs will join the ASAP team as Public Relations Specialist. She will have numerous communications responsibilities including development of public information materials and day-to-day management of the project website.

Born in Anchorage, Hobbs has worked for the State of Alaska for more than five years and brings communications, outreach and legislative background to the ASAP team.

“Lila’s understanding of state government combined with her community outreach experience brings a valuable skill set to our team,” said ASAP Director of Public Affairs, Leslye Langla, “her strong communication skills will help our office effectively deliver public information to our audiences.”

Hobbs earned her academic credentials at Gonzaga University in Spokane and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland; she holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations.

The ASAP project is Alaska’s in-state natural gas pipeline project, designed to develop an affordable, long-term energy solution for Fairbanks, Southcentral Alaska and other communities where practicable. ASAP is a 737-mile in-state gas pipeline planned to originate at Prudhoe Bay and terminate at Point MacKenzie.

For more information, please contact Leslye Langla at 907.330.6320

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Final Environmental Impact Statement on Alaska Stand Alone Gas Pipeline (ASAP) Released

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) announces completion of a major milestone toward construction of the ASAP. The ASAP Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is in the Federal Register on Friday, October 26, 2012. Publishing the ASAP FEIS on the Federal Register completes an EIS process that began in December 2009 and included public meetings and comments on a draft EIS issued in January 2012.

AGDC President Dan Fauske, who also serves as CEO/Executive Director of AHFC said, “This is extremely good news for the state.

The ASAP project will provide long-­-term, dependable gas for Alaskan businesses and families. The State can be very proud of the work done on the ASAP Project; the FEIS represents valuable work done by the State to solve Alaska’s energy situation.” The ASAP project is the in-­-state gasline focused on delivering natural gas to as many Alaskans as practicable along the 737 mile route from Prudhoe Bay to Point Mackenzie.

ASAP Community Advisory Board co-­-chairs Tim Navarre and Jason Mayrand both applaud this effort as a solid step in providing energy to encourage long term business growth and economic development. Mayor Jason Mayrand of Nenana stated he will remain an advocate for this project until Alaska’s gas is delivered to Alaskans. Publishing the ASAP FEIS reflects the significant work and the valuable investment the State is making to ensure an energy solution.

There will be an ASAP public meeting held in Anchorage on December 13th beginning at 6:00 pm at the Anchorage Museum to share the progress on this important project with Alaskans.

For more information about the ASAP Final EIS, please visit the ASAP Project Documents page. For more information, please contact AGDC at (907) 330-­-6320.

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AGDC Announces Formation of Community Advisory Council

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation announces the formation of a Community Advisory Council to promote communication and collaboration along the in-state pipeline route. The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is tasked with developing the in-state natural gas pipeline known as the ASAP project (Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline).

ASAP Community Advisory Council Co-chairs Tim Navarre of Kenai and Mayor Jason Mayrand of Nenana are pleased with the progress being made on the structure of the council. Co-chairs commented “we look forward to receiving deliverables from AGDC; the immediate Council goal is to provide project reports to the communities along the alignment as early as mid-July”.

ASAP Community Advisory Council has held two meetings and the Co-chairs advise they are looking to fill vacancies in SouthCentral, the North Slope and the MatSu Valley at the earliest opportunity to provide complete coverage along the alignment. To represent a community or a stakeholder group on the in-state pipeline Community Advisory Council, please contact AGDC Public Affairs at 907.330.6321 or contact Co-chair Tim Navarre at Timnavarre@gmail.com or Mayor Jason Mayrand at nenana1@nenana.net.

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Richards Joins Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (ADGC)

Anchorage, AK — Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) President Dan Fauske announces Frank Richards has joined AGDC as the Pipeline Engineering Manager. Richards recently served as the deputy federal coordinator, in the Office of the Federal Coordinator, working on Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects.

Richards will direct the performance of a multidisciplinary pipeline engineering team for AGDC. Frank is a registered professional engineer with 25 years of Alaskan project management experience. He brings broad engineering, management, budget and legislative experience to the AGDC project. Richards spent more than 10 (ten) years in the private sector working on large-scale projects in Alaska and he spent 19 years with Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT), overseeing Alaska’s surface transportation assets and projects in support of Alaska’s resource development goals.

“We are looking forward to Frank’s technical expertise and industry knowledge building on the strength of the team in place at AGDC. AGDC is tasked with putting together a mega project efficiently and successfully,” Fauske said. “Frank has been involved in the project at various levels since its inception and his knowledge of the project will increase the organization’s ability to achieve the project goals.”

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