Alaska governor-hopeful campaigns on North Slope pipeline

There are currently two competing large diameter pipeline projects proposed that would link Alaska’s North Slope gas reserves to markets in Canada and the United States.

The proposed Denali pipeline project consists of a gas treatment plant on the North Slope, an approximately 3,219 km long pipeline to Alberta, Canada, and if required, a 2,414 km long pipeline from Alberta to Chicago at a current estimated cost of $US30 billion.

The proposed TransCanada pipeline project would include a gas treatment plant to be built at Prudhoe Bay, a 2,736 km long pipeline from North Slope Alaska through Yukon and northeastern British Columbia to the British Columbia/Alberta border near Boundary Lake, and will include new and existing infrastructure in Alberta.

The pipeline projects require a certificate of public convenience and necessity to be granted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in order to commence construction and operation activities.

Representatives from BP and ConocoPhillips’ joint venture Denali, and Calgary-based TransCanada met with FERC Commissioner Phil Moeller in Anchorage recently to provide updates on both proposals.

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