ANCHORAGE, AK—The Alaska LNG Project hasreached a major milestone with the recent submission of a formalrequest to the Federal Energy RegulatoryCommission (FERC) to start the pre-file process for themajor natural gas pipeline project.

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The FERC pre-file milestone sets the stage for the activityassociated with the environmental review required for the siting,design, and permitting for construction of the proposed project.This is another important step in the progression of the Alaska LNGproject, a proposed $45 to $65 billion liquefiednatural gas export project said to be the largest single investmentin Alaska history.

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“We look forward to leveraging the extensive strengths of allthe parties involved in the FERC pre-file process,” saidSteve Butt, Alaska LNG senior project manager.

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This process is supported by a second season of summer fieldwork, which is part of the project's $500 millionpre-front-end engineering design (pre-FEED) phase. The 2014summer field work, which is almost complete, employedapproximately 250 people. The primary objective of the summer fieldwork was to collect the data necessary to support requisiteenvironmental permitting for the project and to support the routingand siting of project facilities. The majority of the work wasfocused along the pipeline route from Livengood tothe proposed LNG liquefaction facility site inNikiski.

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The Alaska LNG project would provide significant economicbenefits to Alaskans including state revenues, new jobopportunities and access to decades of in-state natural gas forhomes and businesses in Alaska. The Alaska LNG project isanticipated to create up to 15,000 jobs during construction andapproximately 1,000 jobs for operation of the project.

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The proposed project facilities include a liquefaction facilityin the Nikiski area on the KenaiPeninsula, an 800-mile, large diameter pipeline, up toeight compression stations, at least five take-off points forin-state gas delivery, a gas treatment plant located on the NorthSlope and transmission lines to transport gas from Prudhoe Bay andPoint Thomson to the gas treatment plant.

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The Alaska LNG project participants are the AlaskaGasline Development Corporation (AGDC) and affiliates ofExxonMobil, TransCanada, BP and ConocoPhillips. Anapplication for an LNG export license to the US Departmentof Energy was submitted in July for the project.

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David Phillips

David Phillips is a Chicago-based freelance writer and consultant with more than 20 years experience in business and community news. He also has extensive reporting experience in the food manufacturing industry for national trade publications.