FERC approves Denali Alaska gas line open season plan

Christopher E. Smith
OGJ Pipeline Editor

HOUSTON, June 8 -- The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved June 7 open season plans for the proposed Denali natural gas pipeline project in Alaska.

Denali partners BP PLC and ConocoPhillips filed the plan with FERC on Apr. 7. Denali plans to start its open season July 6, and let it and a simultaneous open season overseen by Canada’s National Energy Board run for at least 90 days (OGJ Online, Apr. 8, 2010).

Denali comprises a gas treatment plant on the Alaska North Slope, transmission lines from Prudhoe Bay and Point Thomson fields to the treatment plant, and a mainline crossing Alaska into Canada and terminating at Blueberry Hill, Alta. En route offtake points are also included in the plan.

The 48-in. OD mainline will ship 4.5 bcfd with 15 compressor stations, 6 in Alaska. The pipeline will extend 730 miles through Alaska and 1,020 miles through Canada before interconnecting at its terminus with pipelines to transport the gas to end markets.

TransCanada Alaska Co.’s competing Alaska Pipeline Project began its open seasons in Alaska and Canada on Apr. 30. Potential shippers have until July 30 to assess the project’s open season offerings, which include an option to ship gas from the ANS to Valdez for conversion to LNG in a facility to be built by others and delivery to North American and international markets (OGJ Online, Apr. 30, 2010).

Contact Christopher E. Smith at chriss@ogjonline.com.

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