Natural gas conference in town’s front yard
Summit hopes to lure gasline to Port Valdez
City officials are working nearly around the clock to put the finishing touches on “AlaskaLNG Summit 2012,” as part of its ambiguous and aggressive campaign to secure Port Valdez as the export terminus for a future natural gas pipeline to export the state’s vast quantities of undeveloped natural gas.
“Why Valdez?” Sheri Pierce, Valdez city clerk, said is the question officials hope to answer when registered participants flock to Valdez to see its existing infrastructure and what they believe is the town’s unparalleled suitability for the project. Gov. Sean Parnell has said he favors a natural gas pipeline to tidewater, but fell short of naming a port for the terminus.
“It’s not specific to Valdez, it says tidewater,” Pierce said.
Increased worldwide demand for natural gas and a glut of natural gas due to increase “fracking” in the Lower 48 has peaked interest in Alaska’s natural gas for export to potential overseas markets. State government has been divided over how natural gas development should proceed and competing government bodies and pieces of legislation have clouded the issue.
It is hoped that tours of US Coast Guard vessel tracking facilities and existing oil export infrastructure – along with ample representation from the Alaska Gasline Port Authority, which holds many of the state and federal permits needed to build a gasline to Valdez - will sway elected officials, international buyers and industry officials that Port Valdez offers the best existing option in Alaska.
Alaska delegates in Washington DC are slated to appear by live feed options during the summit, which is coming to the Valdez Civic Center September 13-14. Summit is open only to registered participants. Information is available online at http://www.Alaska-lng.com .