A state official says Gov. Sean Parnell is considering state ownership of a gas liquefaction plant on the North Slope.
Gene Therriault, deputy director of the Alaska Energy Authority, says a state-owned liquefaction plant makes sense for Alaska because a wide array of customers could potentially use the natural gas and propane coming from the plant.
According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Therriault says the plant could process natural gas from multiple oil companies and sell it to a wide group of buyers.
Therriault made his remarks Monday during a meeting in Fairbanks of the Lowell Group, a group of Interior residents who meet every week to discuss community issues.