ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A gas line project being pursued alongside the Alaska LNG project reached an important milestone Friday, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project.
The step is an important one for both the ASAP project and the Alaska LNG pipeline, because the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., in charge of both projects, plans to only pursue one gas line.
The Alaska LNG project is planned to have a liquefaction plant, and export terminal -- elements absent from the ASAP line, intended to provide Alaska residents with natural gas.
The importance, according to AGDC senior vice president Frank Richards, is that since the paths of the two projects are the same for 80 percent of the route, a lot of the work can be applied to both projects.
“We have avoided duplication of work efforts and both projects have benefited from data sharing,” Richards said in a release. He says the final SEIS for the ASAP project “sets the stage” for the corporation to build a pipeline, and sets up the Alaska LNG project for success.
The ASAP project falls under the Army Corps of Engineers’ scope because it’s an in-state project, while the Alaska LNG project falls to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
“AGDC will leverage this federal approval in our work with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to advance the Alaska LNG Project expeditiously as the federal agencies are now intimately familiar with the environmental conditions along the common alignment,” Richards wrote.
AGDC says the SEIS finalization leads to three more federal authorizations, expected this summer. A wetlands mitigation plan, an agreement on cultural resources for the National Historic Preservation Act, and a federal right-of-way from BLM are the next steps.