Friday, March 13, 2009

ConocoPhillips says Denali gas pipeline to be in service by 2019

ANCHORAGE - ConocoPhillips and BP Plc plan to bring their proposed natural gas pipeline in Alaska into service by 2019, a ConocoPhillips executive said during the company's analyst meeting on March 11.
The Denali pipeline, estimated to cost $30 billion, is expected to begin accepting bids for gas transportation in 2010, said Ryan Lance, the company's president of exploration and production for Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The companies had previously said the pipeline could begin transporting gas as soon as 2018.
The 2,000-mile pipeline proposed by BP and ConocoPhillips would bring two billion cubic feet of gas a day, or six to eight percent of total U.S. daily consumption, from Alaska's North Slope to Alberta, Canada. The companies may also build a 1,500-mile pipeline extension from Alberta to Chicago.
Alaska officials are reviewing a competing proposal from TransCanada Corp. backed by Gov. Sarah Palin, who during the 2008 presidential race implied that she had already arranged for the gas pipeline to be built.
Only one pipeline is likely to be built, if any, and it may well be Denali rather than the TransCanada proposal backed by Palin.

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