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Badami Pipelines Transfer of Interest

On April 25, 2013, BP Transportation Alaska, Inc., and Nutaaq Pipeline, LLC, submitted a transfer of interest request to the Department of Natural Resources for the Badami pipelines. The proposed transfer of the right-of-way leases will result in the change of ownership of the Badami pipelines from BPTA to Nutaaq.

Alaska Statute 38.35.100 requires the DNR Commissioner determine whether the transferee, Nutaaq, is "fit, willing, and able to perform the transportation or other acts proposed in a manner that will be required by the present or future public interest." After conducting technical and financial reviews and completing a thorough analysis of the request, the Commissioner has determined that all requirements for the transfer of interest have been met and the applicable statutes have been satisfied. The Commissioner's analysis and decision are included in the link below.

Analysis of Transfer of Interest Request for Badami Pipelines

2013 SPCO Annual Report

The SPCO is pleased to present its annual report for fiscal year 2013.

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The SPCO Annual Report provides general information about Alaska Statute 38.35 pipelines; highlights lessee reported activities; summarizes specific state oversight activities for pipeline construction, operation, and maintenance; and provides some thoughts on the outlook for the next fiscal year, including updates on several proposed natural gas pipeline projects.

DNR Commissioner Joe Balash's introduction to the SPCO Annual Report

2013 SPCO Annual Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oliktok Pipeline Notice of Change of Service

The Department of Natural Resources, State Pipeline Coordinator's Office, received an application from the Oliktok Pipeline Company requesting authorization to discontinue transporting natural gas liquids and return to transporting natural gas.

On December 16, 2013, the SPCO approved Oliktok Pipeline Company's request to transport natural gas through Oliktok Pipeline.

SPCO Letter: Approval of Change of Service to Natural Gas

SPCO Letter: Acceptance of Design Basis for Approval Process

Public Notice

Oliktok Change of Service Transmittal Letters

Basis of Design and Construction Plan

Trans-Foreland Pipeline Co., LLC, Submits Amended ROW Application

The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources hereby gives notice that Trans-Foreland Pipeline Company, LLC, submitted an amended pipeline right-of-way lease application dated October 23, 2013, in accordance with the Alaska Right-of-Way Leasing Act, AS 38.35.050, for a proposed Trans-Foreland Pipeline Project Right-of-Way Lease, ADL 231689.

Links for the public notice, amended right-of-way application, project description, and basis of design can be found below.

Public Notice

Amended Right-of-Way Application

Project Description

Basis of Design

DNR Offers Pipeline ROW Lease for Polar Natural Gas Pipeline

On October 11, 2013, the DNR Commissioner signed the Final Decision and determined that Polar LNG, LLC is fit, willing and able to construct, operate and maintain a natural gas pipeline and related LNG facility, as proposed in the application and in a manner that will be required by the present or future public interest.

Links to the Final Finding and Decision of the Commissioner and related documents can be found below.

Final Finding and Decision of the Commissioner

Public Comments

DNR Issues Pipeline ROW Lease for Spectrum LNG Project

On October 11, 2013, the DNR Commissioner signed the Final Decision and determined that Spectrum LNG, LLC is fit, willing and able to construct, operate and maintain a natural gas pipeline and related LNG facility, as proposed in the application and in a manner that will be required by the present or future public interest.

Links to the Final Finding and Decision of the Commissioner, the right-of-way lease and related documents can be found below.

Final Finding and Decision of the Commissioner

Spectrum Right-of-Way Lease

Public Comments

Comment Deadline Extension: Polar LNG and Spectrum LNG projects

The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources has extended the public comment periods for the Commissioner's Analyses and Proposed Decisions for both the Spectrum LNG draft right-of-way lease and the Polar Natural Gas Pipeline draft right-of-way lease and Leasehold Location Order No. 37. The comment period deadline is now 5:00 p.m. on October 3, 2013.

Click the link below to view the full public notice of the comment deadline extensions.

Public Notice

Polar LNG Project: Commissioner's Analysis and Proposed Decision

The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received an amended application, dated April 10, 2012, from Polar LNG, LLC, for a pipeline Right-of-Way Lease under Alaska Statute 38.35 (Right-of-Way Leasing Act) for the proposed Polar LNG pipeline project. The public notice of the application was published in accordance with AS 38.35.070 on April 13, 2012. In accordance with AS 38.35.080 the Commissioner has prepared an analysis of the Polar LNG, LLC, application.

The public is invited to comment on the Draft Right-of-Way Lease and the Commissioner's Analysis and Proposed Decision, which finds Polar LNG, LLC, to be fit, willing and able to construct and operate a pipeline in a manner required by present and future public interest as required by AS 38.35.100. All comments must be submitted in writing to the SPCO before 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 16, 2013.

Public Notice of Commissioner's Analysis and Proposed Decision

Commissioner's Analysis and Proposed Decision

Attachment A: Draft Right-of-Way Lease and Stipulations

Attachment B: Design Basis

Attachment C: Notice of Application

Attachment D: Leasehold Location Order

Attachment E: Third Party Interest

Attachment F: Acronyms and Abbreviations

Attachment G: References

Spectrum Alaska LNG Project: Commissioner's Analysis and Proposed Decision

The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received an application, dated Oct. 3, 2012, from Spectrum Alaska, LLC, for a pipeline Right-of-Way Lease under Alaska Statute 38.35 (Right-of-Way Leasing Act) for the proposed Spectrum Alaska LNG project. The public notice of the application was published in accordance with AS 38.35.070 on Oct. 11, 2012. In accordance with AS 38.35.080 the Commissioner has prepared an analysis of the Spectrum Alaska, LLC, application.

The public is invited to comment on the Draft Right-of-Way Lease and the Commissioner's Analysis and Proposed Decision, which finds Spectrum Alaska, LLC, to be fit, willing and able to construct and operate a pipeline in a manner required by present and future public interest as required by AS 38.35.100. All comments must be submitted in writing to the SPCO before 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 3, 2013.

Public Notice of Commissioner's Analysis and Proposed Decision

Commissioner's Analysis and Proposed Decision

Attachment A: Draft Right-of-Way Lease and Stipulations

Attachment B: Design Basis

Attachment C: Notice of Application

Attachment D: Third Party Interests

Attachment E: Acronyms and Abbreviations

Attachment F: References

Final Finding and Decision: Material Site Designation Under AS 38.05.550(b)

Final Finding and Decision

Preliminary Decision: Designation of Material Site Under AS 38.05.550(b)

Maps of SPCO Designated Material Site

Commissioner's Decision and Amendment of Right-of-Way Lease

Flood Repairs PLMP 787.8

Commissioner's Decision

TAPS Right-of-Way Amendment

Project Description

Commissioner's Decision and Amendment of Right-of-Way Lease

Scour Protection PLMP 777.7

Commissioner's Decision

TAPS Right-of-Way Amendment

Project Description

Commissioner's Decision and Amendment of Right-of-Way Lease

Cathodic Protection Upgrades PLMP 579.2

Commissioner's Decision

TAPS Right-of-Way Amendment

Project Description

Commissioner's Decision and Amendment of Right-of-Way Lease

Cathodic Protection Upgrades PLMP 774.16 and 775.95

Commissioner's Decision

TAPS Right-of-Way Amendment

Authorization of Land Description Modification to Amendment

Project Description

Commissioner's Decision and Amendment of Right-of-Way Lease

Sagavanirktok River Channel Plug Extension - PLMP 24.7

Commissioner's Decision

TAPS Right-of-Way Amendment

Project Plan for Sagavanirktok River Channel Plug Extension - TAPS PLMP 24.7

Caribou North Slope withdraws ROW application for LNG project

On January 24, 2013, the Department of Natural Resources received notice that Koch Alaska Pipeline Company, LLC and Caribou North Slope, LLC (both subsidiaries of Flint Hills Resources, LLC) have withdrawn a joint application for a proposed North Slope liquefied natural gas (LNG) project.

In an application submitted to the State Pipeline Coordinator's Office last November, the applicants proposed to construct a 2,640-foot long above-ground pipeline to transport approximately 29.5 million standard cubic feet of LNG per day.

Questions and comments may be directed to the State Pipeline Coordinator's Office at (907) 269-6859.

Notice of Withdrawal

Cook Inlet Energy submits ROW application for Cook Inlet pipeline

Cook Inlet Energy, LLC, is proposing to construct an 8-inch diameter sales crude oil pipeline from its existing Kustatan Production Facility on the west side of Cook Inlet to the Kenai Pipeline Company Tank Farm on the east side of the inlet. Portions of the pipeline will be installed on the seafloor of Cook Inlet. Figures 1 through 6 show the project area, pipeline alignment, proposed pipeline corridors and seismic map.

Public Notice

Right-of-Way Application

Project Description

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DNR Commissioner signs MCO 1126

Pursuant to AS 38.35.100 the SPCO published a Commissioner's Analysis and Proposed Decision dated September 19, 2012, to issue a Right-of- Way Lease for transportation of oil across state lands, and to close the pipeline corridor to mineral entry. The Final Finding and Decision of the Commissioner for the Point Thomson Export Pipeline Right-of-Way Lease was issued October 31, 2012, and the right-of-way lease has been issued.

Mineral Closing Order No. 1126

More Point Thomson Information

SPCO receives ROW application for North Slope LNG project

The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, pursuant to Alaska Statute (AS) 38.35.070, hereby gives notice that Koch Alaska Pipeline Company, LLC and Caribou North Slope, LLC (both subsidiaries of Flint Hills Resources, LLC) submitted a joint application dated and received November 2, 2012, in accordance with the Alaska Right-of-Way Leasing Act, AS 38.35.050, for a proposed North Slope liquefied natural gas (LNG) project.

Flint Hills proposes to construct a 2,640-foot long above-ground pipeline to transport natural gas. The pipeline will extend from south of Flow Station #3 to a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility to be constructed north of Spine Road, both located on the North Slope of Alaska. The proposed pipeline right-of-way will contain one 10-inch diameter pipe, a pad for the LNG facilities, and two associated driveways to access Spine Road. Flint Hills anticipates transporting approximately 29.5 million standard cubic feet (MMscf) of LNG per day.

Any objections pursuant to AS 38.35.200 must be submitted, in writing, to the address below by 5:00 p.m. on January 14, 2013. Follow the links listed below to view the public notice, application and project description.

Public Notice

Right-of-Way Application

Project Description

DNR issues ROW lease for Pt. Thomson Export Pipeline

On October 31, 2012, the DNR Commissioner signed the Final Decision and determined that it is in the best interest of the State of Alaska to award a Right-of-Way Lease to Point Thomson Export Pipeline, LLC, for the Point Thomson Export Pipeline.

Links to the Final Finding and Decision of the Commissioner, the Right-of-Way Lease for the Point Thomson Export Pipeline, and the SPCO's Point Thomson webpage can be found below.

Final Finding and Decision of the Commissioner

Right-of-Way Lease for Point Thomson Export Pipeline

More information on the Point Thomson Export Pipeline

2012 SPCO Annual Report

The SPCO is pleased to present its annual report for fiscal year 2012.

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The SPCO Annual Report provides general information about common carrier pipelines; highlights lessee reported activities; summarizes specific state oversight activities for pipeline construction, operation, and maintenance; and provides some thoughts on the outlook for the next fiscal year, including updates on several proposed natural gas pipeline projects.

Commissioner Dan Sullivan's Introduction to the SPCO Annual Report

2012 SPCO Annual Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spectrum Alaska submits ROW application

The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, pursuant to Alaska Statute (AS) 38.35.070, hereby gives notice that Spectrum Alaska, LLC (Spectrum) submitted an application dated Oct. 3, 2012, in accordance with the Alaska Right-of-Way Leasing Act, AS 38.35.050, for a proposed Spectrum LNG Project.

The proposed pipeline right-of-way will contain one eight-inch diameter pipe, a pad for the LNG facilities, and two associated driveways to access Spine Road. The pipeline design maximum throughput is approximately 50 million standard cubic feet (MMscf) per day.

Construction is scheduled to begin July 2013 with project completion projected for summer 2014. Operations are scheduled to commence August 2014. Spectrum has requested a 100-foot wide right-of-way for pipeline construction and a 35-foot wide permanent right-of-way. The LNG pad will be 800-foot by 800-foot with two 40-foot wide driveways connecting it to Spine Road. The pad will be used for offices, living quarters, and LNG equipment. During construction, the right-of-way on state-owned lands will be approximately 17.5 acres. The acreage will be reduced, post-construction, to approximately 15.9 acres for the permanent right-of-way.

Public Notice

Spectrum Alaska Pipeline Right-of-Way Lease Application

Spectrum LNG Project Description

 

State Pipeline Coordinator's Office Final Finding and Decision

Designated Material Sites Under AS 38.05.550(b)

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (ADNR), State Pipeline Coordinator's Office (SPCO) proposes to establish 31 existing material sale locations as Designated Material Sites under AS 38.05.550(b). The Designated Material Sites will be for continuous sale and extraction of materials, as defined under AS 38.05.965(10). Upon designation, ADNR SPCO may sell materials continuously, without further finding or notice, from these designated sites. The sites are located on state land along or near the Dalton, Elliott, and Richardson Highways and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), from Valdez to Deadhorse.

Public Notice

Preliminary Decision and Appendices

Final Decision

Map

Amendments to Trans-Alaska Pipeline Right-of-Way Lease, ADL 63574

Trans-Alaska Pipeline System: Fuel Gas Line Manual Gate Valve Replacements

Click here to view the amendment document

Trans-Alaska Pipeline System PLMP 19.1: Buried Sills at Sagavanirktok River

Click here to view the amendment document

Trans-Alaska Pipeline System PLMP 25: Cathodic Protection Upgrades

Click here to view the amendment document

Polar LNG Submits Amended Right-of-Way Application

The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, pursuant to the Right-of-Way Leasing Act, Alaska Statute (AS) 38.35.070, hereby gives notice that Polar LNG, LLC, submitted an amended application received on April 10, 2012, in accordance with AS 38.35.050 for a proposed Polar Natural Gas Pipeline Right-of-Way Lease, ADL 419237.

Polar LNG, LLC, proposes to construct an above-ground pipeline to transport natural gas. The proposed pipeline will extend south from the vicinity of Flow Station 1, Prudhoe Bay Unit, to the Polar LNG Pad formerly known as "Child's Pad" (Tract 54 of ASLS 76-227) in Deadhorse, located on the North Slope of Alaska. The proposed pipeline right-of-way will contain one eight-inch diameter pipe. The pipeline design maximum throughput is approximately 50 million cubic square feet per day, and will supply gas to a proposed natural gas liquefaction plant.

Click the links below for more information on the proposed Polar LNG pipeline project.

Public Notice

Polar LNG Right-of-Way Lease Application

Vicinity Map

Alignment Map

Crowley LNO

Halliburton LNO

2011 SPCO Annual Report

The SPCO is pleased to present its annual report for fiscal year 2011.

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The SPCO Annual Report provides general information for each jurisdictional pipeline, highlights lessee reported activities, summarizes specific state oversight activities for pipeline construction, operation, and maintenance, and provides some thoughts on the outlook for the next fiscal year, including updates on several proposed natural gas pipeline projects.

Click here to access the 2011 SPCO Annual Report (large file)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DNR Issues ROW Lease for Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline

(Anchorage, AK) DNR Commissioner Daniel Sullivan has signed a right-of-way lease agreement with the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), thereby granting access to state land for potential development of a 737-mile natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Cook Inlet.

AGDC was created by House Bill 369 and tasked with developing a plan for the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP). The legislation requires AGDC to work toward developing an in-state gas pipeline as a viable alternative if a large-diameter North Slope gas pipeline project does not move forward. The in-state pipeline project plan involves transporting natural gas and natural gas liquids from the North Slope via a 24-inch-diameter pipeline, with the intent of supplying gas to Fairbanks and Southcentral Alaska communities. AGDC submitted a right-of-way lease application to the SPCO last March.

Upon receipt of the completed application, the SPCO issued a comprehensive right-of-way lease, which was accepted and signed by Dan Fauske, president of AGDC. "This State right-of-way lease is a major milestone in the work completed and the progress made on the ASAP project this past year," said Fauske.

Click here to access the right-of-way lease and project information.

AGDC Releases ASAP Project Plan

On July 1, 2011, Alaska Gasline Development Corp. president Dan Fauske presented the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline/ASAP project plan to members of the Alaska Legislature. The plan presents the AGDC's findings and recommendations regarding how an in-state natural gas pipeline to deliver North Slope natural gas to Fairbanks and Southcentral Alaska can be designed, financed, constructed and made operational. Click the link below to view the full ASAP project plan.

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AGDC is proposing to transport natural gas and natural gas liquids from the North Slope to the Cook Inlet area via a 24-inch-diameter pipeline. The route will follow the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System and Dalton Highway corridors, generally paralleling the highway corridor from the North Slope to Livengood, northwest of Fairbanks. At Livengood, the pipeline route joins the Parks Highway corridor west of Fairbanks, near Nenana. From there the route continues south and terminates at milepost (MP) 737. The proposed pipeline will connect at MP 39 of the Beluga Pipeline, near Wasilla. The pipeline will span 737 miles; approximately 427 miles of the total length proposed route is on State-owned land.

ASAP Project Plan

More ASAP Information

Denali Discontinues Gas Pipeline Project

May 17, 2011 - The Alaska Gas Pipeline announced today that its open season efforts have not resulted in the customer commitments necessary to continue work on its Alaska North Slope gas pipeline project, which has an overall estimated capital cost of $35 billion (2009 dollars). Denali will withdraw its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission pre-file application and, over the next few months, close out its operations.

The SPCO established a reimbursable service agreement with the Denali project in 2009 and, until the recent announcement, was actively engaged with project proponents in right-of-way lease pre-application efforts.

Click here to read the full Denali press release.

AGDC Submits Right-of-Way Application

Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) submitted an application for the proposed Alaska Stand Alone Gas Pipeline/ASAP right-of-way lease.

ASAP route map

AGDC is proposing to transport natural gas and natural gas liquids from the North Slope to the Cook Inlet area via a 24-inch-diameter pipeline. The route will follow the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System and Dalton Highway corridors, generally paralleling the highway corridor from the North Slope to Livengood, northwest of Fairbanks. At Livengood, the pipeline route joins the Parks Highway corridor west of Fairbanks, near Nenana. From there the route continues south and terminates at milepost (MP) 737. The proposed pipeline will connect at MP 39 of the Beluga Pipeline, near Wasilla. The pipeline will span 737 miles; approximately 427 miles of the total length proposed route is on State-owned land.

A 12-inch-diameter lateral pipeline will connect to the main pipeline at Dunbar, north of Nenana, and travel approximately 35 miles northeast to Fairbanks. AGDC has requested a 100-foot-wide construction right-of-way and a permanent 30-foot-wide right-of-way.

Click here to view the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline public notices, draft lease, right-of-way lease application, Plan of Development and supporting documents.

New Gas Produced from Southern Kenai

(Anchorage, AK) – Armstrong Cook Inlet, a subsidiary of Armstrong Oil & Gas, Inc., has begun delivering natural gas from state land about 10 miles north of Homer on the southern Kenai Peninsula. The North Fork Pipeline, a new 7.4-mile-long line operated by Anchor Point Energy, LLC, is expected to deliver millions of cubic feet of natural gas per day to ENSTAR Natural Gas Co. to supply the region's transmission grid. The pipeline began sustained deliveries of gas on Thursday, April 7.

"This is a promising milestone for development of new gas supplies in Cook Inlet. We welcome Armstrong's continued participation in Alaska energy markets," said Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Dan Sullivan.

The project opens up the southern Kenai region to new discoveries, said Kevin Banks, director of DNR's Division of Oil and Gas. "These new prospects will not only serve all of the gas customers in the Cook Inlet region but also give impetus to the distribution of clean natural gas for the Homer area," he said.

The North Fork Pipeline is the first common-carrier line in Alaska to use plastic composite pipe. Manufactured by Fiberspar LinePipe, LLC, the line has some advantages over conventional steel pipe, including easier installation and corrosion resistance.

The State Pipeline Coordinator's Office received a right-of-way lease application from Anchor Point Energy on February 18, 2010, and issued a lease the following September.

Click here for more information on the North Fork pipeline.

 

Pump Station 1 Booster Pump Piping Incident

Workers assist in the safe transport of a section of pipeline to be installed in the bypass line.

At 8:16 A.M, January 8, 2011, crude oil was discovered in the booster pump basement at Pump Station 1 of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. Click the link below to view situation reports, fact sheets and other information about the leak and subsequent pipeline shutdown.

Unified Command

ADEC photo: Workers assist in the safe transport of a section of pipeline to be installed in the bypass line (1/13/2011).