Interior Energy Project finalists pitch their plans

The Interior Energy Project is moving forward. Wednesday night finalists for an effort to bring natural gas to Fairbanks made public presentations at Pioneer Park. A finalist will be selected in December.

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The Fairbanks public heard from five finalists vying to partner in the Interior Energy Project the initiative to bring natural gas to Fairbanks. The companies that presented were: Harvest Alaska LLC, Poenix Clean Fuels, LLC, Salix Inc., Spectrum LNG, LLC, and WesPac Midstream, LLC.

Karsten Rodvick is with the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, or AIDEA which will make the final selection. The next step in the process comes up soon.

“We expect to come to our board of directors, AIDEA’s board in December with a recommendation for a partner selection.”

One of the hosts for the forum was Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation. President and CEO Jim Dodson says recent events bode well for getting gas to Fairbanks economically.

Two weeks ago, the Federal Railroad Administration gave Alaska Railroad the okay to transport liquefied natural gas by rail. And Dodson says the Walker administration’s proactive efforts on energy are especially important.

“You need state support. Today there is no community if Alaska that has affordable energy that has not had a subsidy.”

This summer Gov. Walker signed House Bill 105 into law, legislation that aims to spur getting affordable gas to Fairbanks markets.