United States vice president Mike Pence held talks with the Alaskan governor Bill Walker and Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) president Keith Meyer about the proposed Alaska LNG project.
Speaking after the briefing, Meyer said the “project will be the United States’ largest energy export project,” targeting LNG exports to the Asia-Pacific region.
The project will monetize America’s largest concentration of proven, conventional, but stranded, natural gas supply.
Meyer said that over the coming days, vice president Pence will meet with leaders in South Korea as well as Japan, two primary markets for Alaska LNG.
He added that earlier this month discussions were held with the Chinese president Xi Jinping about the possible long-term LNG relationship between China and Alaska.
AGDC is leading the Alaska LNG project that includes a liquefaction facility in the Nikiski area on the Kenai Peninsula, an 800-mile large diameter pipeline, up to eight compression stations, at least five take-off points for in-state gas delivery, a gas treatment plant located on the North Slope and transmission lines to transport gas from Prudhoe Bay and Point Thomson to the gas treatment plant.
The project is designed to export up to 20 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas per year, and according to the AGDC’s timetable, if the project keeps progressing according to plans, FEED work could begin in 2018 with construction kicking off in 2019.