Alaska LNG stirs
Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC), the state-run body and owner of the Alaska LNG project which has been dormant because of the high development costs, has released a consultancy report detailing the environmental benefits achieved by building the export plant utilizing North Slope natural gas to replace high-emissions coal in Asia. “Alaska has some of the world’s strictest environmental laws, and Alaska natural gas should be a key component of any realistic energy roadmap,” said Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy. AGDC has all its regulatory permits covering three liquefaction Trains with 20 million tons per annum of capacity, two 240,000 cubic metres capacity storage tanks as well as a 807-mile natural gas pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula. AGDC President Frank Richards said the justification for Alaska LNG was a “compelling” one. “This timely report uses respected and transparent methodologies to quantify the value of replacing high-emissions energy sources in foreign markets with the low-emissions at Alaska LNG,” added Richards.