July 13, 2008

Pipeline Authority Group to Assess Foothills Route

By Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Anchorage

Jul. 13--Alaska's state gas development authority published a request for proposals June 30 for pipeline route assessments for a 70-mile spur pipeline connecting the small Gubik gas field on the North Slope with a large-diameter gas pipeline that is proposed to be built along the trans-Alaska oil pipeline corridor south from Prudhoe Bay.

Gubik is in the Brooks Range foothills southwest of Prudhoe Bay. Gas was discovered there in early North Slope exploration in the 1960s but not developed. Anadarko Petroleum and BG Energy conducted flow tests at Gubik last winter, but results have not been announced.

Harold Heinze, director of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority, a state corporation, said the route assessment would be done as a contingency to aid Anadarko and BG if gas can be produced commercially at Gubik or if commercial gas deposits are found nearby where the companies are also exploring.

The assessment is to be completed by the end of the year, Heinze said. As part of the same contract the authority will ask contractors to assess possible pipeline route from the Nenana Basin to Fairbanks, he said.

A group of Alaska independents are exploring in the basin, which is considered a good prospect for gas. The most logical market for the gas is Fairbanks, about 50 miles east of the area being explored.

The state authority is charged with planning for spur pipelines built to or from a large-diameter trunk pipeline in Alaska.

Tim Bradner can be reached at [email protected]">[email protected]


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