US interior department approves permits for $38.7bn Alaska LNG Pipeline
July 27, 2020 – The US Department of the Interior (DOI) has approved the rights-of-way permits for the $38.7bn Alaska LNG Pipeline Project.
Being developed by Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), the Alaska LNG is an integrated project involving development of a 20 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) liquefaction facility at Nikiski, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, US.
It also includes the construction of approximately 807-mile-long pipeline capable of transporting up to 3.9 billion cubic feet of gas per day to the liquefaction facilities; a gas treatment plant in the Prudhoe Bay; and two additional natural gas pipelines connecting production units to the gas treatment plant.
The project secured the new permits across federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and National Park Service (NPS).
In a statement, DOI said: “These decisions, which adopt the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) environmental impact statement (EIS), establish the environmental protections for wetlands, wildlife, recreation access and other resources that will govern access for a liquified natural gas pipeline; a major step in the permit process for the project.”
Subject to securing permits, AGDC will construct and operate the Alaska LNG project to transport natural gas for export to foreign markets and provide for in-state gas deliveries.
Land and Minerals Management principal deputy assistant secretary Casey Hammond said: “This project will enable more Alaska-produced energy to enter the market through modern, efficient technology and create opportunities for Americans.”
The project is expected to receive right-of-way permit from the BLM and NPS each shortly.
The project is expected to create up to 15,000 jobs during the initial construction and design phases and additional 1,000 jobs once operational.