Liquid natural gas pipeline project could see more delays

There could be more costly delays for the Alaska liquid natural gas project as backers consider using different equipment.

KTVA-TV reports that the state Legislative Joint Resources committee met in Palmer on Wednesday to discuss the $45 to $65 billion LNG Project. At the meeting, the project manager said switching from a 42 inch pipe to a 48 inch pipe could increase the projects competitiveness.

Years of research have gone into the smaller pipe and investigating the large size could set the project back some time.

The 800 mile pipeline is sponsored by Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, ExxonMobil Alaska, BP Alaska, ConocoPhillips Alaska and TransCanada, with the State of Alaska as a 25 percent equity partner.

Backers have two weeks to decide if they will explore the 48 inch option.