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Repsol, Armstrong Energy make largest US onshore oil discovery in 30 years; 1.2B barrels in Alaska

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billion barrels of recoverable light oil in the Nanushuk play in Alaska’s North Slope. The contingent resources identified with the existing data in Repsol and Armstrong Energy’s blocks in the Nanushuk play in Alaska could amount to approximately 1.2 billion barrels. 1,828 meters) and encountered more than 150 ft. Brief

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Alaska Pipeline Project partners progressing on massive LNG export project; total cost between $45 to 65+ billion

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Concept of the Alaska Southcentral LNG Project. Clearly, they have fully shifted their efforts to an Alaska LNG project. Earlier post.).

Way cleared for major Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline project

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Proposed route for the Alaska Pipeline project. —Alaska Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan. Alaska Pipeline Project.

USGS releases first shale-oil and shale-gas resource potential assessment for the Alaska North Slope

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Northern Alaska province showing boundaries of assessment units (AU). Small gray dots are exploration wells drilled in search of conventional.

Forget $5 A Gallon: Alaska Residents Are Regularly Paying $6

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Over the past few months, gas prices have been creeping ever upward, fueled by political uncertainty in the Middle East and a reduction in U.S. oil refining capabilities. In California, a state traditionally plagued by high gas prices, a gallon of Regular now costs well over $4.50 at most gas stations. But according to USA Today’s Chris

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UAF installs ocean acidification buoy in Alaska waters; first such in high-latitude coastal sea

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A new set of buoys in Alaska waters will help scientists understand how climate change may be affecting the pH level of northern seas. University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) researchers placed the first buoy last month. Other moorings have been deployed with ocean acidification sensors, but this is the first complete package in Alaska.

Alaska Airlines launching 75 flights powered by 20% biofuel blend in the US; SkyNRG the fuel supplier

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Alaska Airlines will fly 75 commercial passenger flights in the United States powered by a biofuel blend, starting this Wednesday. Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon Air, will continue to operate select flights between Seattle and the two cities over the next few weeks using a 20% blend of renewable biofuel.

ConocoPhillips and US DOE project testing production of methane from hydrates via CO2 injection on Alaska North Slope

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A fully instrumented well that will test innovative technologies for producing methane gas from hydrate deposits has been installed on the North Slope of Alaska. The “Ignik Sikumi” (Iñupiaq for “fire in the ice”) gas hydrate field trial well will be available for field experiments as early as winter 2011–12. Brief

Interior Secretary Salazar outlines proposed plan for additional development in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

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These populations are a subsistence resource for more than 40 northern and western Alaska Native villages. Map of preferred alternative.

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Caelus confirms large-scale oil discovery on the North Slope of Alaska

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This discovery could be really exciting for the State of Alaska. Fiscal stability going forward is critical for a project of this magnitude.

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Alaska Railroad to demo hauling LNG in intermodal containers; 1st railroad permitted to haul LNG

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The containers are manufactured by Hitachi, one of several T75-compliant ISO tank makers interested in Alaska’s LNG market. Brief

Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines release aviation biofuel infrastructure findings

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​The Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines released a first-of-its-kind study that identifies the best infrastructure options for delivering aviation biofuel to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. A total of 29 sites across the state were identified and screened. —Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton.

Alaska LNG Project partners select lead terminal location

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Alaska Governor Sean Parnell welcomed the selection of Nikiski as the lead site for a terminus of an all-Alaska natural gas pipeline.

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EPIC Fuels supports Alaska Airlines and Gevo commercial aviation flights with alcohol-to-jet fuel

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EPIC Fuels , a fuel supplier to the general and commercial aviation industries, provided expertise in fuel blending as well as technical and logistical support to Alaska and Gevo, Inc., Alaska Airlines selected EPIC Fuels as a partner to ensure project success based on EPIC’s extensive experience in renewable fuel operations. Brief

Shell backs out of Alaska for foreseeable future with financial hit

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Shell announced on Monday that it will cease further exploration activity in offshore Alaska for the foreseeable future. The balance sheet carrying value of Shell’s Alaska position is approximately $3.0 The Burger J well is approximately 150 miles (241 km) from Barrow, Alaska, in about 150 feet (46 meters) of water. Brief

ICCT updates US airline fuel efficiency rankings; Alaska stays on top, American on bottom

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On average, Alaska has operated the most efficient US domestic flights for five years running since 2010. Earlier post.) Source: ICCT.

ConocoPhillips puts Alaska Chukchi Sea exploration on hold

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ConocoPhillips will put its 2014 Alaska Chukchi Sea exploration drilling plans on hold given what it called “the uncertainties of evolving federal regulatory requirements and operational permitting standards. —Trond-Erik Johansen, President, ConocoPhillips Alaska. —Trond-Erik Johansen. Brief

ASTM ballot greenlights approval of ATJ-SPK biojet from alcohol; Gevo 1st commercial test flight with Alaska Airlines

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As previously announced, Alaska Airlines is now poised to fly the first commercial test flight using Gevo’s renewable ATJ-SPJ fuel. Ballot”).

Alaska Airlines to buy sustainable biofuel from Hawai`i BioEnergy

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Alaska Airlines and Hawai`i BioEnergy LLC signed an agreement for the carrier to purchase sustainable biofuel for its aircraft. Alaska Airlines is Hawai`i BioEnergy’s second customer, and the first airline to sign a contract. Hawaiian Electric Co. and Maui Land & Pineapple Inc., Brief

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TransCanada and ExxonMobil To Work Together on Alaska Gas Pipeline

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TransCanada Corporation and ExxonMobil have reached an agreement to work together on an Alaska gas pipeline. Project map. Click to enlarge.

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Linc Energy acquires more UCG coal exploration acreage in Alaska

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Linc Energy Ltd has acquired the grant of 181,414 acres of Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) coal exploration licences in Alaska from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority following a competitive bidding process. We have known for a long time that Alaska, and the Cook Inlet Basin in particular, holds significant coal deposits.

Port of Seattle partners with Alaska Airlines and Boeing to supply sustainable aviation biofuel at Sea-Tac Airport

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The Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines and Boeing are partnering to move toward powering all flights by all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable aviation biofuel. Over the past five years, Alaska Airlines has become a leader in the pursuit of finding a sustainable supply of biofuels.

Alaska Governor proposes $355M financial package for LNG plant on North Slope

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Alaska Governor Sean Parnell proposed a $355-million financial package for construction of a natural gas liquefaction plant on Alaska’s North Slope and a Fairbanks-area natural gas distribution system through the private sector, and an area-wide utility. The target for first delivery is the latter part of 2015. —Gov. Parnell.

Alaska Airlines to be Gevo’s commercial launch partner for renewable alcohol-based jet fuel

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Gevo has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Alaska Airlines to purchase Gevo’s renewable jet fuel and fly the first commercial flight on alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ). Alaska Airlines was the first US airline to fly multiple commercial passenger flights using a biofuel from used cooking oil. Earlier post.). Brief

ICCT: US domestic airlines show modest improvement in fuel efficiency since 2010, top performers Alaska and Spirit widen lead

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Alaska is very efficient in large part because it operates a new Boeing fleet and uses turboprops on regional flights. An FES of 1.00 Resources.

Alaska state senators propose $475M in incentives for xTL plants

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Alaska state senator Lesil McGuire has introduced a bill ( Senate Bill 109 ) that would grant $475 million in state investment tax credits toward development of plants converting natural gas-, coal- or biomass-to-liquids products (GTL, CTL or BTL = xTL) on the state’s North Slope. —Senator McGuire. —Senator McGuire. Brief

US DOE seeking accelerated development of unconventional energy resources in Alaska’s Arctic

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Under the MOU , DNR and DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy will work together—and with potential investors—to study unconventional energy resources in Alaska’s Arctic. Alaska will also support DOE by providing scientific review and interpretations of data through the divisions of Oil and Gas and Geologic and Geophysical Surveys.

Rosneft and ExxonMobil expand strategic cooperation in Russian Arctic and Alaska

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It is estimated that Point Thomson contains approximately 25% of the known gas resource base in Alaska’s North Slope. Name of block. 196,000.

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Alaska Airlines Test Flight of RNP Approach Lowered Emissions By 35% Compared to Conventional Landing

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Source: Alaska Airlines. Alaska Airlines estimates the new procedures at Sea-Tac will cut fuel consumption by 2.1 Click to enlarge.

New Findings Show Increased Ocean Acidification in Alaska Waters

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Alaska’s oceans are becoming increasingly acidic, which could damage Alaska’s king crab and salmon fisheries, according to new findings by a University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist. They show that ocean acidification is likely more severe and is happening more rapidly in Alaska than in tropical waters. Jeremy Mathis.

Department of Interior announces 2012-2017 offshore oil and gas development program; GOM and Alaska

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Alaska program areas. Click to enlarge.  : Lower 48 program areas. Click to enlarge. Using a play-based assessment. a mean of 88.6 Brief

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Electric race car travels from Alaska to Argentina

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Shell to postpone drilling into hydrocarbon zones offshore Alaska until 2013; top hole preparation continues

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With its drilling window closing and a number of factors—the most recent being a damaged containment dome on its Arctic Challenger barge—creating delays, Royal Dutch Shell has decided to postpone drilling into hydrocarbon zones offshore Alaska this year. Earlier post.). Brief

ICCT report assesses domestic fuel efficiency performance of US airlines for 2010; Alaska Airlines on top, Allegiant on the bottom

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Zeinali et al. Click to enlarge. It employs a new methodology, developed by a team of researchers (Zou et al. ) —Zeinali et al. Zeinali et al.

Alaska Senators Introduce Legislation Permitting Advanced Directional Drilling for ANWR

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US Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, introduced legislation that would allow the use of advanced directional drilling to tap the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) coastal plain. The bill, co-sponsored by Sen. The legislation seeks to find a compromise with those concerned with preserving the 1.5 Senator Mark Begich. Earlier post

UCG company Linc Energy completes drilling of first gas exploration well in Alaska

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Underground coal gasification company Linc Energy has completed the drilling of the LEA #1 exploration well in the Point Mackenzie Block of the Cook Inlet Basin in Alaska, USA. I am very excited about the opportunity that Alaska offers, particularly for the potential for early cashflow to Linc Energy. Earlier post.).

US Department of Interior to Hold Oil and Gas Lease Sale for 1.8M Acres in National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

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4, the NPR-A is a 23-million acre area on Alaska’s North Slope that has a history of nearly 100 years of petroleum exploration. million acres.

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US Defense Logistics Agency Developing FT Fuel Blends Pilot Program in Alaska

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Alaska Journal of Commerce. The US Defense Logistics Agency is developing a pilot program to supply 50:50 Fischer-Tropsch synthetic fuel blends to Air Force and Army units operating in Alaska, officials with the agency said 11 March at a Defense Energy Support Center conference in Anchorage.

US and Japan partnership to test methane hydrate production technologies on Alaskas North Slope

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The US Department of Energy; the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation; and ConocoPhillips will work together to test technologies for producing methane gas from hydrate deposits on the Alaska North Slope. The tests will provide information to inform potential future extended-duration tests. The tests will utilize the “I?nik

Alaska Native Corporation Proposes Underground Coal Gasification Project with Carbon Capture for Power Generation

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CIRI), an Alaska Native corporation, is proposing an underground coal gasification (UCG) project that would use the resulting syngas to fuel a new 100 MW combined cycle power plant. CIRI executives presented the plan to state lawmakers at a joint hearing in Alaska on Friday. Source: CIRI. Click to enlarge. Cook Inlet Region Inc.