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Is Alaska North Slope Propane Part of the Answer?

Craig JohnsonPlan Today For ANS Propane Conference: March 31 (Contact Leah Burkes)

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Our commentary: The question is, how do the producers monetize Alaska North Slope gas reserves.  The answer revolves around Alaska natural gas pipeline planning, for the most part.  Two consortia have conducted 'open seasons' to determine the market demand for a major gas transmission system supplying the Lower 48 states.  So far, the results of that effort have lacked luster and speculation abounds on what "Plan B" alternatives may be around the corner.  Part of the answer also involves Alaska's investment climate policy, now being debated by the Legislature in Juneau.  A hostile federal government is also contributing to the answer by taking actions every week that result in less and less access to Alaska's on- and off-shore natural resources--a key consideration for gas pipeline planners since more reserves than the current 35 Tcf are required to support the economies of scale of a 2500 psi, 48 inch gas pipeline. 

A state sponsored study to define alternative ways of supplying some of the Alaska North Slope's life-sustaining natural gas to the most populated areas of the state is underway, under the stewardship of Alaska Housing and Finance Corporation CEO, Dan Fauske (NGP Photo).  

On another front, the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority (ANGDA) has created a partial answer to the question of monetizing ANS gas--removing liquid propane from the gas stream and transporting it throughout the state--principally to rural areas now dependent on heating oil for space heating and local power generation.  The University of Alaska completed a 2009 study on the subject.  Later this month, ANGDA will sponsor an Alaska North Slope Propane Conference that should attract a wide array of interest throughout North America.  Spearheaded by ANGDA consultant, Mary Ann Pease (NGP Photo), the project would serve and employ Alaskans but could tap Canadian expertise.  For complete registration and exhibitor information, the agenda and answers to every question, contact Leah Burkes at (907) 269-6504.  -dh                                                           See agenda below:

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Propane Conference Agenda:

 

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Commons Building, University of Alaska
3700 Sharon Gagnon Lane
Anchorage, Alaska
Thursday, March 31st, 2011
 
9:00 – 10:00 Welcome and Introduction
Mayor Dan Sullivan, City of Anchorage
Update on the North Slope Propane Project – Stakeholders in the Discussion
Harold Heinze and Mary Ann Pease, ANGDA
 
10:00 ?10:30 Technical Discussions
Harold Heinze, ANGDA
 
?????????15 Minute Break????????
 
10:45 – 11:15 Alternative Energy for a Sustainable Future
Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell
 
11:15 – 11:45 Infrastructure Status – ISO Containers and storage
Pat Malara, Western Cascade
 
12:00 – 1:00 Key Note Speakers: Propane Sourcing – Alaskan and National perspective
Randy Bradford, Amerigas
 
1:15 – 3:00 Transportation Opportunities and Issues with deliveries to Rural Alaska
Randy Breaux, Crowley
Scott Hicks, Alaska West/Lynden
Opportunities for Propane Expansion – North Slope operations, mining, etc
Bob Stinson, CONAM Construction Co.
Chris Birch, NANA
 
?????????15 Minute Break????????
 
3:15 – 4:00 AIDEA financing opportunities
Jim Hemsath, AIDEA
Randall Finken and Steve Kantor, First Southwest
 
4:00 – 5:00 Distribution and Equipment
Susitna Energy, Inc., ABS Alaskan, Inc., Rural Energy Enterprises, Inc., Yanmar
 
5:30 – 8:00 Sponsored Reception – Embassy Suites
 
 
 
 
Friday, April 1st
 
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Recap from Day One
Mary Ann Pease, ANGDA
 
9:15 – 10:30 Demonstration Projects: Current projects in Alaska, Proposed future projects,
National/International applications
New technologies and rural applications
Baron Glassgow, NPGA and Larry Osgood, PERC
 
?????????15 Minute Break????????
 
10:45–12:00 Producer Panel on Propane – Opportunity before and after the Mainline
Nationwide propane discussion – market perspective
 
12:00 – 1:30 Keynote Address: Propane Fueled vehicles for fleet and oil field services
Todd Mouw, ROUSH Enterprises
 
1:30 – 3:00 Rural Energy Needs – A community perspective
Chris Rose, REAP
 
Ingemar Mathiasson, Northwest Arctic Borough
Bear Ketzler, City of Tanana
 
Gwen Holdmann, UAF Center for Alaska Power
 
?????????15 Minute Break????????
 
3:15 – 4:00 Legislative Roundtable – update from Juneau on energy
 
4:00 – 5:00 NPGA Discussion – Initiatives, Opportunities, Next Steps