Alaska Stand Alone Gas Pipeline/ASAP
The Alaska Stand Alone Gas Pipeline is being planned as an in-state gas pipeline designed to provide long-term, stable supplies of natural gas from the North Slope to Fairbanks and Cook Inlet areas, as well as other communities where practicable. In March of 2010, the Alaska Legislature mandated that a group of industry professionals convene under the corporate banner of Alaska Housing Finance Corporation for the specific purpose of developing, refining and producing an in-state natural gas pipeline project plan by July 1, 2011.
The State Pipeline Coordinator's Office issued a right-of-way lease, ADL 418997, to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) on July 25, 2011. The lease conveyed a right-of-way interest in state land for the development of an in-state 24-inch diameter natural gas liquids pipeline travelling from the North Slope to the Cook Inlet area where it would connect into the existing Cook Inlet natural gas delivery system. The lease included a right-of-way corridor, called the spur line, to travel approximately 35 miles from the mainline route to bring gas to Fairbanks.
In early 2013, plans for the ASAP project changed. The project no longer proposes to ship natural gas liquids, which will allow the pipeline to operate at a lower pressure, with easier access for offtakes along the pipeline route. In addition, the project has increased to a 36-inch diameter pipe.
In 2014 the SPCO issued three land use permits and four temporary water use authorizations for AGDC to continue its geotechnical borehole program at various locations along the ASAP alignment from Prudhoe Bay to the Mat-Su. Another permit was issued for a seismic trench investigation study between Nenana and Fairbanks with cooperation from the DNR Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys.
Other permits associated with field activities include authorizations with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the DNR Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation and the Office of History and Archaeology, the DNR Division of Mining, Land and Water, Northern Region Office, and the Trust Land Office. AGDC is also continuing its pedestrian type field investigations for fish and stream studies and archaeological surveys.
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Commissioner's Analysis and Proposed Decision:
Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Right-of-Way Lease Amendment
The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources received an application, dated January 10, 2014, from the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, lessee for the Alaska Stand Alone Gas Pipeline/ASAP, ADL 418997, for a pipeline right-of-way lease amendment. The proposed amendment would change the pipeline design from a 24-inch diameter high pressure pipeline to a 36-inch diameter lean gas pipeline with a maximum allowable operating pressure of 1,480 psi, and revise the lease to reflect recent legislative amendments to Alaska Statute 38.35.
In accordance with Alaska Statute 38.35.080, the Commissioner prepared an analysis of the application and a proposed decision.
Click the links below to view the decision documents, including the full public notice. Please contact the SPCO for more information
AGDC Submits Lease Amendment Application for ASAP Right-of-Way
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 Gasline Development Corporation submitted a revised application dated March 21, 2011, in accordance with the Alaska Right-of-Way Leasing Act, AS 38.35.050, for a proposed Alaska Stand Alone Gas Pipeline/ASAP (ASAP) right-of-way lease. On Monday, July 25, the SPCO issued a comprehensive right-of-way lease to AGDC.