Engineering work on gas pipeline slated to start soon

Field work on a pipeline capable of moving half a billion cubic feet of gas daily is expected to start next week.

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is looking for the safest places to lay down pipe, which is to stretch from the North Slope to Southcentral Alaska.

AGDC Government Affairs Manager Frank Richards told legislators Thursday that workers are mapping the terrain with remote sensing technology, because the line would cross active seismic areas.

“So we will know if the Denali fault, for instance, is going to potentially move four meters during the next event,” Richards said., “Then we want to make sure we put in place mitigation for that pipeline so it can handle that type of movement.”

The geotechnical program is expected to continue through the summer, with efforts ramping up July 1. Once the advanced engineering work is done, the plan is to initiate an open season where producers would bid to ship gas down the line.  That’s scheduled for next year.