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 mine proponents are investigating the practicability of a natural gas pipeline from Cook Inlet to the mine site. The 315 -mile buried pipeline would stretch from Beluga to the future Donlin Gold mine site, just northwest of Georgetown, which has the potential to be one of the largest gold mines in the world. This pipeline would provide natural gas for Donlin Gold, LLC, to fuel the site.

Donlin Gold, LLC staff have taken the effort to make contact with the SPCO staff early in the process. This early communication has allowed SPCO to inform Donlin Gold of the SPCO's process for analyzing an AS 38.35 common carrier pipeline ROW for the fit, willing and able analysis, coordinate necessary data, limit duplication of research between state agencies and update interested public with available information. SPCO has received several questions from the public regarding this project and has given what information is available. This project is in the very early stages and the SPCO has not received an application to-date.

More Donlin Gold Information

 

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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