Pipeline economics lessons

The upsurge in natural gas prices that started last year has accelerated interest in delivering Alaskan North Slope gas to the Lower 48 (OGJ, Aug. 6, 2001, p. 20). Current feasibility studies are examining various strategic approaches toward that goal: The logistics, cost differences, and potential netback from constructing a new gas pipeline to the Lower 48 vs. monetizing the gas via LNG or gas-to-liquids schemes, the latter possibly involving liquids delivered in batches through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) (OGJ, Jan. 31, 2000, p. 74).The best route for a gas line.Market and price projections. Environmental, legal, and political regulations to be addressed. This last may be m...

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