Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site



Safway Services

Coatings Industry News

Main News Page

China Signs onto Alaska Gas Pipeline Plan

Monday, November 13, 2017

More items for Program/Project Management
More items from China; North America

Comment | More

An agreement with state-owned corporations in China may revive a major natural gas pipeline project in Alaska that had been all but abandoned as of a year ago.

The Alaska LNG project, a pipeline that would convey natural gas 800 miles from the North Slope to the Alaskan coast, was the subject of an agreement signed Thursday (Nov. 9) during President Donald J. Trump’s visit with China President Xi Jinping. The China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec), CIC Capital Corporation and the Bank of China signed on to work with the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation—an Alaska state-owned entity—on a marketing and investment plant for Alaska LNG.

Pipeline map

The pipeline would transport natural gas from the North Slope to a liquefaction facility near Anchorage.

Alaska LNG, estimated to cost between $45 billion and $65 billion, was in jeopardy last fall, when BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil all pulled out of the project amid falling liquefied natural gas prices. Conoco and BP later entered into new agreements with AGDC, to assist in the development of the project.

Natural Gas to China

According to AGDC, the new agreement with China includes work on marketing, financing, an investment model and China content for the project. Sinopec said that it is “interested in the possibility of LNG purchase on a stable basis from Alaska LNG.”

According to the Associated Press, the agreement entails about 75 percent of the liquefied natural gas transported by the pipeline being exported to China, with 25 percent remaining in Alaska. Rapidly developing China, the world’s most populous nation, is turning more to natural gas, which effects less air pollution, in lieu of coal.

Project History

Alaska’s state government began working toward a major natural gas pipeline project in 2009. The AGDC was formed in 2013, and Alaska LNG was authorized in 2014.

Alaska oil pipeline
Marcin Klapczynski, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Alaska LNG would be an 800-mile, 42-inch natural gas pipeline. (Pipeline pictured is an older oil pipeline in Alaska.)

As proposed, Alaska LNG would be an 800-mile, 42-inch natural gas pipeline operating at 2,075 PSIG. Proponents predict an average throughput of 3.1 billion cubic feet per day. AGCD says the pipeline will supply “a stable supply of natural gas for Alaskans,” and drive industry in the state. The corporation plans off-take facilities and local distribution systems to transport gas from the main line to local users.

Additional facilities would include a three-train liquefaction plant at Nikiski, on the Cook Inlet near Anchorage, and a gas treatment plant on the North Slope, the northernmost tier of the state. LNG bound for China would be shipped via LNG carrier tankers, which would be loaded at a marine terminal at the liquefaction plant.

The North Slope

The North Slope includes the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and Prudhoe Bay, both major production sites for petroleum products. Prudhoe Bay is the source of more than 70 percent of Alaska’s discovered natural gas resources.

The region borders the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where drilling is not allowed. In May, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke initiated action to potentially expand drilling in the NPRA and part of ANWR.

The Alaska LNG project will have to go through federal, state and local permitting processes before construction can begin; AGCD hopes that with the proper approvals, construction will start in 2019 for completion in the mid-2020s.


Tagged categories: Government; Infrastructure; Oil and Gas; Pipelines

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Tarps manufacturing, Inc.
QUALITY MADE IN AMERICA —Available near you!
CLICK to get a behind-the-scenes look at how Tarps Manufacturing makes the highest-quality tarps right here in the USA — available nationwide.

Novatek Corporation
Dustless Coatings Removal
Novatek Corporation, Dustless Coatings Removal Strip, clean and profile all dust free! Comply with new lead standards. Contact today: (866) 563-7800

SAFE Systems, Inc.
Enduroguard -
The Tough Cable
for a Tough Industry.
Reduce maintenance costs and down time, increase job site safety with Enduroguard Cable. Available exclusively from SAFE Systems. UL listed, flexible, abrasion resistant and cut resistant.

SABRE Autonomous Solutions
Removing blasting operators from harmful environments is our key objective.

Absolute Equipment/Grand Rental Station
We have Tier 4 Equipment including Air Compressors & Generators for Sale & Rent! Your job may now require Tier-4. or Call 412-931-6655.

Jotun Paints Inc.
Jotun Jotachar 1709
Mesh-free passive fire protection epoxy designed to protect against hydrocarbon pool fire scenarios for up to four hours as defined in the ANSI/UL1709 standard.

CHLOR*RID International Inc.
Companies that invest in corrosion control use CHLOR RID products
  • Soluble salt removal liquid
  • Test kits to verify contamination levels
  • Surface passivation to hold the blast
INFO@CHLOR-RID.COM 800.422.3217

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
Join SSPC and Enhance
Your Career !

Sika® Industrial Floor Coatings
Click to learn about floor and wall systems relied upon for performance, durability, easy maintenance and aesthetics across the every industry and environment.

ARC / A.W. Chesterton Company
Corrosion Resistant Coating
ARC HT-S incorporates fine graded sizes of reinforcement which contributes to its excellent permeation resistance, resistance to cold-wall delamination, and resistance to thermal-mechanical shock


Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL

The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About   |   Privacy Policy (Updated 5/24/2018)   |   Terms & Conditions   |   Support   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us