State gas line agency applies for permission to build Alaska LNG project
In what the Alaska gas line agency is calling a major achievement, officials on Thursday formally launched its application for federal permission to build a pipeline and other facilities to export North Slope gas.
The effort will be marked by the delivery, via truck, of some 58,000 pages of documents to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
FERC officials have said this will be the largest application they have ever received, involving the largest and most expensive project they have ever studied, said Frank Richards, senior vice president of program management for the Alaska Gasline Development Corp.
The 24-page application, with boxes of supporting documents, describes the Alaska LNG project as a $40 billion to $45 billion endeavor, Richards said. Current plans call for North Slope natural gas to be shipped in an 800-mile pipeline to Nikiski, where it can be super-chilled into liquefied natural gas and loaded into oceangoing tankers.