FROM THE DESK OF STEVE BUTT SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
The Alaska LNG Project has moved forward on many fronts over the last year and we are proud of the progress we’ve made to this point. Our core team of more than 130 people from BP, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, TransCanada and the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has taken us further than any North Slope natural gas commercialization project that has come before us. The climate of optimism surrounding this unprecedented work effort is visible at the local, state and federal levels.
One of our recent milestones occurred on May 28, when the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) granted Alaska LNG LLC a conditional license to export liquefied natural gas to countries without free trade agreements (FTA) with the United States. The application to export up to 20 million metric tons per year of liquefied natural gas from Alaska for a 30- year period was submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy last July. Authorization to export to nations with existing free trade agreements with the U.S. was previously received in November 2014.
We also kicked of our third summer field work program which involves hundreds of people across Alaska conducting field research and collecting data to help us better define our project’s footprint and cost. These programs are part of the broader effort to support development of the second draft of our project’s environmental and socio-economic resource reports, which we are on track to file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in early 2016.
Our initial drafts were submitted to the regulator in February 2015 and FERC will be holding public meetings in Alaska this November.
Your feedback will be critical to our success. At the more than 80 open houses and community events we’ve hosted over the course of the last year, we’ve had very strong participation by Alaskans. I’d like to encourage you to continue participating in community meetings and involving yourself in the FERC process. We are committed to keeping Alaskans up-to-date on our activities and progress and this newsletter is just one of the tools we’ll be using to do so. Please also visit our website, AK-lng.com, to learn more about upcoming meetings and events as well.
We look forward to continuing the conversation and working together to make the Alaska LNG Project a success. Everyone working on the Alaska LNG Project remains committed to meeting the expectations of all our stakeholders: investors, contractors, and the communities where we work. Alaska LNG is an amazing opportunity for Alaskans and the project sponsors. I know, that with the right spirit of alignment, we can be successful.