Before a pipeline ROW lease is issued by DNR, the SPCO conducts a review and decision process as required by AS 38.35, the Right-of-Way Leasing Act. Each potential pipeline lessee is evaluated to ensure that they meet the "fit, willing, and able" requirements outlined in AS 38.35.100. In FY14, the SPCO Special Projects Section was in various stages of the ROW leasing process with several potential applicants and applicants. See below for a brief description of theses pipeline projects.
The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) applied for a natural gas pipeline on the North Slope on February 14, 2014. The pipeline, ADL 420136, was proposed to connect to an LNG facility to be constructed on a workpad authorized under a DNR Northern Region Office public and charitable lease authorization, ADL 419992. The AIDEA project would have been located approximately one mile east of an AS 38.35 lease site, ADL 419409, authorized to Spectrum Alaska, LLC. On May 5, 2014, AIDEA and Spectrum submitted a request to transfer the Spectrum lease to AIDEA, and to close the AIDEA applications to the SPCO and Northern Region Office. The SPCO processed the transfer of ADL 419409 in July 2014, with the lease to AIDEA effective on July 31, 2014. AIDEA completed construction of the pad for the LNG facility in late 2014.
Trans-Foreland Pipeline Co., LLC, proposes to construct an approximately 29-mile pipeline to transport oil across Cook Inlet. Approximately 22 submerged miles of the pipeline are on state lands and approximately four miles of buried pipeline will be located in the state-owned North Kenai Spur Highway right-of-way. The pipeline will extend from the Cook Inlet Energy Kustatan Production Facility to the Kenai Pipeline Company Tank Farm in Nikiski, both located in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
Links for the public notice, amended right-of-way application, and project description can be found below.
Donlin Gold, LLC, submitted a pipeline right-of-way lease application dated April 9, 2014, in accordance with the Alaska Right-of-Way Leasing Act, AS 38.35.050, for the proposed contract carrier Donlin Gold Natural Gas Pipeline Project.
The proposed Donlin Gold Natural Gas Pipeline Project would transport natural gas from the Beluga Natural Gas Pipeline system to the Donlin Gold mine. The 14-inch diameter pipeline would originate 7.7 miles north of the Beluga Power Plant and terminate at the Donlin Gold mine site, approximately 10 miles north of Crooked Creek Village. The proposed 315-mile-long pipeline will be located across a variety of lands. The approximate length that will be located on land owned by the State of Alaska is 207 miles.
In 2013, South Central LNG completed a summer field season to explore a proposed pipeline route and LNG facility to ship Alaska's North Slope gas to Asian and other world markets. In fall 2013, the project was re-named the Alaska LNG (AKLNG) Project. AKLNG is an integrated team of BP, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, TransCanada and the State of Alaska.
The SPCO issued a right-of-way lease to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation for the ASAP pipeline project on July 25, 2011. Click here for more information on the ASAP project.