ACE releases final SEIS for Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline Project

June 25, 2018

The US Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District released the final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) project. The June 22 action signaled that the proposed 733-mile natural gas pipeline from the Alaska North Slope (ANS) to south-central Alaska completed its National Environmental Policy Act review, and a record of decision (ROD) will be issued 30 days later.

ASAP will connect with Enstar Natural Gas Co.’s distribution system in south-central Alaska, and a 30-mile, 12-in. lateral will connect the main line to Fairbanks, ACE Alaska said in a special public notice. The ROD will state ACE Alaska's decision whether to authorize the proposed project, and if so, the conditions under which it would be allowed to occur, and the factors considered in the decision, it said.

Publication of the final SEIS for ASAP is the culmination of extensive engineering and design work that began in 2010 when Alaska's legislature voted to address potential gas shortages in the state's major cities, said Keith Meyer, president of Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC), an independent public corporation in Anchorage that is part of the state government.

After regulatory work for ASAP began, the ANS's major producers proposed a larger diameter pipeline and an LNG export facility known as the Alaska LNG Project. AGDC joined that project in 2014 and assumed control of it 3 years later but decided to complete ASAP's regulatory process to have an assured pipeline alternative that would supply gas to Alaska customers, Meyer said.

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