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The Nikiski area on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaksa has been selected by ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips, and TransCanada as the lead site for the companies’ proposed South Central Alaska LNG project’s plant and terminal, a spokesperson from ExxonMobil said.

More than 20 locations in Alaska were evaluated based on environment, socioeconomics, cost, and “other project and technical issues.”

Steve Butt, Senior project manager, said the site results in a pipeline route that provides access to North Slope natural gas by the major population centers in Fairbanks, Mat-Su Valley, Anchorage, and the Kenai Peninsula.

Many technical, engineering, fiscal, regulatory, and permitting issues remain on the $45-65 billion project. Pipeline route definition also continues, said the announcement, based on summer field work, which will be extended south of Livengood.