US Vice-President Mike Pence met with Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and Alaska Gasline Development Corp. Pres. Keith Meyer in Anchorage on Apr. 15 en route to Asia. “We had an excellent discussion with [him] about the Alaska LNG project,” Meyer said following the meeting.
The Alaska LNG Project will include an 800-mile pipeline that will transport an average 3.1 bcf of natural gas from Alaska’s North Slope to a liquefaction plant and export terminal for sale in the Asia-Pacific region. It also will have multiple interconnections along the pipeline for in-state gas distribution.
The project is expected to create 9,000-12,000 engineering and construction jobs, and another 700-1,000 long-term operations positions, Meyer said. It aims to monetize the largest US concentration of proven, conventional, and thus far stranded gas, he noted.
“Our meeting was a perfect precursor to the vice-president’s trip to Asia,” said Meyer, adding that Pence was scheduled to meet with leaders in South Korea and Japan—two primary markets for Alaska LNG.
Pence was the latest of several high-profile officials to express interest in the project, Meyer said. Chinese President Xi Jinping, returning to Beijing after meeting with US President Donald Trump, visited Anchorage on Apr. 7 where he met with Walker and Meyer, the AGDC official said. The three leaders discussed the project and how Alaska and China are well positioned for a long-term LNG trading relationship, he said.
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