Feds Approve Denali Natural Gas Pipeline Open Season Plan

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA, Anchorage

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earlier this week gave the nod to the Denali natural gas pipeline projects’ open-season plan. The panel’s decision opens the way for backers of the joint BP – Conoco project to begin soliciting interest from shippers.  A joint House and Senate Finance Committee hearing Wednesday on the plan allowed Denali president Bud Fackrell to update state legislators on what’s in store for the project.

The Denali pipeline project competes with a similar project headed by TransCanada Corp. to bring North Slope natural gas to Lower 48 markets. TransCanada has a special license with the state under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act.

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