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About 135 people working for ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips and TransCanadaEnergy are conducting summer field surveys along the northern route of a proposed trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline corridor between Livengood and Prudhoe Bay.

‘Crews are sampling fish in rivers and streams and documenting archaeological or other cultural resources,’ the Anchorage Daily News said. ‘They’re also assessing lakes that could supply water in winter for pipeline construction activities, such as laying ice roads and pads.’

The partners estimate the project would cost up to $65 billion.

The pipeline would move stranded gas reserves on Alaska’s North Slope about 800 miles to the state’s southern coast, either to Valdez or the Cook Inlet.

The gas would then be liquefied for tanker delivery to U.S. or foreign markets.

A decision by the partners to construct the pipeline isn’t assured despite the field survey, a prerequisite to going forward.

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell supports the project.

Major contractors for the northern field work, expected to be completed by Labor Day, are URS and Paragon Partners.

Source: Anchorage Daily News