SATURDAY EARTHQUAKE IN PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND
An earthquake shook Prince William Sound on Saturday, Nov.30th. According to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center the magnitude of the quake was 3.82. The AEIC reports that the epicenter of the quake was located 16 miles NNE of Valdez. CLICK HERE to read more.
LNG WELL PLANNED FOR GLENNALLEN
According to a report from alaskapublic.org plans are in the works at Ahtna Incorporated to develop natural gas wells near Glennallen. Unlike other natural gas projects making news around that state, the goal for the wells planned for Glennallen will not be commercial export but rather to provide energy to supply local communities. Ahtna land and resource manager, Joe Bovee explains, “It wouldn’t be a real money maker or lucrative to any company, but for our local demands it would probably offset our fuel costs 30-40 percent.” Ahtna reports that data from previous exploration indicates that there is enough gas in the region “to provide heat and electricity to the local area for 50 to 100 years at a minimum.” Although current plans only focus on a small pipeline to serve local communities, the Alaska Public story does suggest that the company is considering the possibility of eventually constructing a small LNG plant to provide gas for Valdez or Delta Junction. CLICK HERE to read the full story at alaskapublic.org.
WORKFORCE INCREASE EXPECTED FOR LNG PLANT
Another field study will go into effect next summer for the North Slope gas pipeline reports the Alaska Journal of Commerce. According to the article, the workforce on the project will double putting more than 300 to work. One of the main concerns of the project under investigation involves unstable discontinuous permafrost soil conditions along the pipeline route through Interior Alaska. According to Steve Butt, the project manager, “Work is underway on pipeline designs that will keep the 42-inch buried pipeline stable through the freeze-thaw cycle of soil temperatures.” CLICK HERE to read more from the Alaska Journal of Commerce