BP to sell Alaska business to Hilcorp for $5.6B

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BP has agreed to sell its entire business in Alaska to Hilcorp Alaska, based in Anchorage, Alaska. The sale will include BP’s entire upstream and midstream business in the state, including BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., that owns all of BP’s upstream oil and gas interests in Alaska, and BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc.’s s interest in the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). Our exit from Alaska does not in any way diminish BP’s commitment to America.

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

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Caelus Energy Alaska, LLC, a privately held independent exploration and production company, announced that its subsidiary, Caelus Energy Alaska Smith Bay LLC, has made a significant light oil discovery on its Smith Bay state leases on the North Slope of Alaska. This discovery could be really exciting for the State of Alaska. Without the state tax credit programs, none of this would’ve happened, and I’m not sure Caelus would’ve come to explore in Alaska.

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

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The Alaska Railroad (ARRC) will demonstrate the transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in intermodal LNG ISO containers from southcentral to interior Alaska during a month-long operational performance project in early fall 2016. The containers are manufactured by Hitachi, one of several T75-compliant ISO tank makers interested in Alaska’s LNG market.

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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. A recent Department of the Interior (DOI) report called on industry and government to work together to develop an Arctic-specific model for offshore oil and gas exploration in Alaska.

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. Hawai`i BioEnergy will ramp up production of the sustainable fuels within five years of regulatory approval, allowing Alaska Airlines to begin procuring sustainable jet fuel for its Hawai`i flights possibly as soon as fall 2018.

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 company said the decision reflects the results from Burger J exploration well located in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea; the high costs associated with the project; and the “ challenging and unpredictable ” federal regulatory environment in offshore Alaska. The balance sheet carrying value of Shell’s Alaska position is approximately $3.0

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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. A North Slope LNG plant has the potential to deliver gas via truck to Fairbanks and to provide access to gas for road and river communities, as well as Southcentral Alaska.

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 Spain-based integrated global energy company Repsol has been actively exploring Alaska since 2008, and since 2011 the company has drilled multiple consecutive discoveries on the North Slope along with partner Armstrong.

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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. This is an excellent outcome for Linc Energy which greatly advances our strategic goal to bring commercial UCG development to Alaska and become a significant part of the USA domestic energy market.

IHS Markit: Alaska North Slope a super basin ready for resurgence; production to grow 40% in 8 years

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The Alaska North Slope (ANS) Basin—a prolific source of US oil production previously limited by a number of barriers to entry including cost and access—is poised to re-emerge as a major source of US energy production, with crude oil output potentially increasing as much as 40% during the next eight years, according to new energy research from IHS Markit.

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

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Key findings of the updated study include: Alaska, Spirit, Frontier, and Southwest Airlines remained the top four most fuel-efficient airlines on US domestic operations in 2014. On average, Alaska has operated the most efficient US domestic flights for five years running since 2010. America Airlines ranked last for the third year in a row, burning 25% more fuel than Alaska to provide a comparable level of transport service.

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Way cleared for major Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline project

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Proposed route for the Alaska Pipeline project. Alaska Governor Sean Parnell announced that two major milestones have been met in the state’s effort to bring Alaska’s North Slope natural gas to Alaskans and markets beyond. First, the State of Alaska resolved its long-running litigation with ExxonMobil and other leaseholders regarding the Point Thomson field, which holds almost a quarter of the North Slope’s known natural gas. Alaska Pipeline Project.

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. The results met the required specifications for ASTM 1655 jet fuel and were cleared for use on two Boeing 737s in Alaska’s fleet.

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Electric race car travels from Alaska to Argentina

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Alaska EV company seeking crowd-funding for low-volume production AWD electric roadster

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Ethos Electric Vehicles, a small, Alaska-based company building custom electric motorcycles and automobiles, has launched a $100,000 crowd-funding campaign for reworking an existing internal combustion engine kit car—the Graber Cars’ La Bala —into a low-volume production, all-wheel drive (AWD) electric roadster.

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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.). The single demonstration flight is expected to occur after Gevo receives ASTM International certification for its fuel, sometime in mid- to late-2015.

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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. The Alaska North Slope has two of the largest conventional oil fields in North America (Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk) as well as several other smaller but still significant fields. Alaska will also participate in periodic reviews of all scientific data and reports collected or created during the course of the MOU.

Proterra electric bus to begin 4-month trial in Anchorage, Alaska next week

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The Municipality of Anchorage’s (MOA) Public Transportation Department (PTD) will put a new 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 electric/battery powered bus on trial next week. The bus will begin serving routes for the general public for a four-month trial period. The four-month trial period will test how the bus performs in winter weather, how cold temperatures affect the battery life and whether it’s feasible to pursue an electric bus fleet in the future.

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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. The $475 million credit against state corporate income tax liability would be for each plant built in Alaska, although the credit cannot exceed 60 of the total cost of the facility.

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. This spring, chemical oceanographer Jeremy Mathis returned from a cruise armed with seawater samples collected from the depths of the Gulf of Alaska. They show that ocean acidification is likely more severe and is happening more rapidly in Alaska than in tropical waters.

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

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Source: Alaska Airlines. Alaska Airlines demonstrated next-generation flight procedures this week during a test flight over Puget Sound that burned less fuel and reduced emissions by 35% compared to a conventional landing. Alaska Airlines estimates the new procedures at Sea-Tac will cut fuel consumption by 2.1 Ben Minicucci, Alaska’s chief operating officer. Alaska Airlines RNP display. Source: Alaska Airlines.

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. In pursuit of its goal to power every flight at Sea-Tac with sustainable aviation biofuel, Sea-Tac is among the first airports in North America to work with aviation, energy and research partners to systematically evaluate all aspects to developing a commercial-scale program from scratch.

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. In November 2007, TransCanada Alaska and Foothills jointly submitted an application under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) to build a 4.5 In December 2008, TransCanada was awarded the AGIA license after an open and transparent competitive bid process and receiving the approval of the Alaska legislature.

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

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The US Geological Survey has released its first estimate of the potential of undiscovered, technically recoverable onshore shale oil and gas resources in Alaska’s North Slope. Northern Alaska province showing boundaries of assessment units (AU). Three source rocks of the Alaska North Slope were assessed in this study: the Triassic Shublik Formation, the lower part of the Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous Kingak Shale, and the Cretaceous pebble shale unit-Hue Shale.

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. In 2011, Alaska was the first airline to fly multiple flights using a 20% blend of sustainable aviation biofuel made from used cooking oil and waste animal fat.

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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

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. The partners in the Alaska Pipeline Project (APP)—ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, BP, and TransCanada— submitted a letter to Alaska Governor Sean Parnell describing their companies’ progress in advancing an Alaska liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project. Clearly, they have fully shifted their efforts to an Alaska LNG project. Click to enlarge.

Rosneft and ExxonMobil expand strategic cooperation in Russian Arctic and Alaska

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Rosneft and ExxonMobil will expand their cooperation under their 2011 Strategic Cooperation Agreement ( earlier post ) to include an additional approximately 600,000 square kilometers (150 million acres) of exploration acreage in the Russian Arctic and potential participation by Rosneft (or its affiliate) in the Point Thomson project in Alaska. It is estimated that Point Thomson contains approximately 25% of the known gas resource base in Alaska’s North Slope.

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

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Alaska Airlines had the most efficient US domestic operations in both 2011 and 2012, the same position it occupied in a 2010 benchmark assessment published by the ICCT last year. Alaska and Spirit have widened their lead over other airlines since 2010, the study found, by deploying advanced aircraft and other technologies as well as through more efficient operations practices. Fuel efficiency scores (FES) of the 13 largest US airlines on domestic operations in 2012. An FES of 1.00

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

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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar outlined a proposed plan that will allow for additional access for oil and gas development in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) while also protecting wildlife and coastal resources. The NPR-A provides calving areas and insect relief areas for the Western Arctic Caribou Herd, Alaska’s largest herd at roughly 325,000 animals, and the 55,000 animal Teshekpuk Caribou Herd. Map of preferred alternative. Download original pdf.

$9 A Gallon Too Much For Gas This Winter? Avoid Nome, Alaska

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If you live in Nome, Alaska, then you're in for an inevitable and very expensive winter. The rising cost of gas is one of life's inevitabilities, though how quickly the price rises depends on where you live. According to Yahoo (via AutoBlogGreen), you could soon be paying $9 for every gallon of gas. It's all about supply and demand. A recent heavy

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. Gevo is preparing the shipment of ATJ to Alaska Airlines for this first flight. Alaska Airlines will work with the Federal Aviation Administration to schedule the flight using Gevo’s ATJ. Developing a domestic, competitively priced, sustainable supply of biofuels is fundamental to Alaska Airline’s long term sustainability goals.

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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.

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. This is the first dedicated ocean acidification mooring to be deployed in a high-latitude coastal sea.

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.). The well was drilled to a total depth of 6,323 feet into the basement volcanic rocks.

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. —Alaska Air Group Chairman and CEO Bill Ayer.

Swiss company outlines methanol-to-gasoline option for Alaska North Slope gas to state legislature

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At a recent hearing of the Alaska state legislature’s House Resources Committee, Deo van Wijk, chairman of Swiss company Janus Methanol AG (formed in 2007), outlined a potential approach to converting North Slope gas to gasoline via the combination of a new methanol production technology (GigaMethanol) and the Methanol-to-Gasoline (MTG) process developed by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering (EMRE). Methanol-to-gasoline process flow diagram. Source: EMRE. Click to enlarge.

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

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It schedules 15 potential lease sales for the 2012-2017 period: 12 in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) and 3 off the coast of Alaska, and none off of either the Pacific or Atlantic coasts. Alaska program areas.

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 collaborative testing will take place under the auspices of a Statement of Intent for Cooperation in Methane Hydrates signed in 2008 and extended in 2011 by DOE and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry.

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

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Among the findings: Alaska Airlines led all fifteen mainline carriers operating in the US in 2010, followed closely by Spirit Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines—all three being relatively small carriers serving geographically limited markets. Relative fuel efficiency for the domestic operations of the 15 largest US airlines in 2010 across each carrier’s entire network (higher score means greater efficiency). Zeinali et al. Click to enlarge.

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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. CIRI is one of 12 Alaska-based regional corporations established by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 to benefit Alaska Natives who had ties to the Cook Inlet region.

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Department of Interior seeking industry input on interest in potential oil and gas lease sale in Alaska’s Cook Inlet

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Through this process, BOEM will consider a range of important factors including industry interest, resource potential, and the need to protect and respect Alaska’s communities and unique environments. BOEM will remain in close coordination with the state of Alaska, as well as with local and Native Alaskan governments, and other stakeholders throughout this process.