Proposed Pipeline Projects

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 FY13, the SPCO 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. 

Spectrum LNG

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

More information on Spectrum LNG

 

Polar LNG

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

More information on Polar LNG

 

Trans-Foreland Pipeline Project

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.

Public Notice

Right-of-Way Application

Project Description

 

Donlin Gold

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.

AS 38.35.200 governs judicial review of a decision of the Commissioner. Any objections pursuant to 38.35.200 must be submitted in writing by 5:00 p.m. on July 14, 2014.

Click the links below to view the public notice, right-of-way lease application, plan of development and proposed pipeline alignment.

Public Notice

Donlin Gold, LLC, Right-of-Way Lease Application

Alignment Map

Donlin Plan of Development (large file)

 

Alaska Stand Alone Gas Pipeline/ASAP

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.

 

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