Monday, June 8, 2009

Federal bill gives incentives for building Alaska gas pipeline

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has announced several provisions benefiting an Alaska gas pipeline that she’s secured in a comprehensive energy bill.
Murkowski is the ranking Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.
If approved by Congress, the bill would increase a federal loan guarantee for an Alaska gas pipeline project from $18 billion, set in 2004, to $30 billion plus inflation from 2004 values.
In addition, a project could tap into super-low-interest loans from the Federal Financing Bank, a federal corporation, and clarifies 2004 language to specify that the federal loan guarantee will cover a full 80 percent of the total project costs.
“This is a recognition that Alaska’s gas resource is necessary for the country, and that we as a nation will step forward in helping to facilitate such a project,” she said. “The federal government is not nationalizing this. We are not taking it over. But, we are helping to facilitate it.
All provisions are available to either TransCanada, licensed by the state under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, or Denali - The Alaska Gas Pipeline, a joint venture between producers BP and ConocoPhillips.

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