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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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. million tons of steel, a peak construction workforce of up to 15,000, a permanent workforce of more than 1,000 in Alaska, and an estimated total cost in today’s dollars of $45 to $65+ billion.

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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. Alaska Pipeline Project.

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).

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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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.

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 well, the result of a partnership between ConocoPhillips and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), will test a technology that involves injecting carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) into sandstone reservoirs containing methane hydrate.

$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

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. Map of preferred alternative. Download original pdf.

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Skoda reveals new compact SUV – the Skoda Karoq

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With the Kodiaq receiving rave reviews, Skoda has returned to Alaska for inspiration by revealing the name for its new compact SUV – Karoq. Derived

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.

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.

Alaska LNG Project partners select lead terminal location

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ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips and TransCanada have selected a site in the Nikiski area on the Kenai Peninsula as the lead site for the proposed Alaska LNG project''s natural gas liquefaction plant and terminal.

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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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. The two most efficient carriers, Alaska and Spirit, had the highest net operating profit margins from 2010 to 2012.

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.

Rosneft and ExxonMobil expand strategic cooperation in Russian Arctic and Alaska

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A separate Heads of Agreement was signed providing Rosneft (or its affiliate) an opportunity to acquire a 25% interest in the Point Thomson Unit, which covers development of a remote natural gas and condensate field on Alaska’s North Slope.

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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 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. Ben Minicucci, Alaska’s chief operating officer.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, would allow access to the coastal plain’s oil and natural gas resources through the use of underground directional drilling from state-owned lands to the west of the refuge and state waters from the north.

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.

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

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The Department of the Interior (DOI) will hold a lease sale for oil and gas parcels in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) on 11 August, offering 190 tracts of land, totaling about 1.8

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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. An Alaska location for the plant is preferred, however, because transportation costs would be reduced.

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.