Janet Weiss. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour
As you may have seen in the news recently, BP awarded a competitively bid contract for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to Wood Group and its Alaska sub-contractor Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) Energy Services, an Alaska Native Corporation. This contract covers part of our capital spend—roughly half of our capital spend at Prudhoe for project work at our facilities.
Like many of you in this challenging economic environment (BP Alaska was negative $358 million in cash flow in 2016), we are working hard to simplify how work gets done and make it more efficient. Although our contract is confidential, what I can tell you is that by bringing all of our EPC activities under one umbrella company providing overarching management (rather than a series of different contractors), we will reduce duplication, greatly simplify project hand-offs and keep jobs in Alaska.
We are deeply committed to maintaining a safe and sustainable business in Alaska and for us that means supporting Alaska businesses and promoting Alaska hire among our contractors. In fact, we specify local hire requirements in our contracts and we require data on each prospective contractor’s Alaska hire during the bid process and Wood Group and ASRC Energy Services did propose a strong Alaska hire plan. I am proud to say that in 2016 BP supported about 6,000 Alaska contractor jobs and more than 16,000 jobs across the state. We also sponsor numerous programs such as APICC and ANSEP to help make sure there is a continuous pipeline of trained and qualified Alaskans to work in the industry.
Given the importance of this subject, I wanted to provide this information to you with the background and implications of this decision; we pursued a solution that kept jobs in Alaska while improving the sustainability of our business. We are seeking to add years to the field life of Prudhoe Bay which results in more barrels down TAPs and Alaskan jobs for a longer duration.
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Dave Harbour, publisher of Northern Gas Pipelines, is a former Chairman of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, a Commissioner Emeritus of NARUC, NARUC's Official Representative to IOGCC and Vice Chairman of NARUC's Gas Committee. He served as Gas Committee Chairman of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners. He also served as commissioner of the Anchorage Bicentennial Commission and the Anchorage Heritage Land Bank Commission.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree: English, at Colorado State University, a Master of Science Degree: Communications-Journalism at Murray State University and graduated from Utility Regulatory School for Commissioners at Michigan State University. He served as a Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at Alaska Pacific University, taught bank marketing classes at the University of Alaska and was an English teacher at Los Alamos High School.
Harbour served in ranks of Private - Captain during a 4-year assignment with the Army in Korea, Idaho, Georgia and Fort Meade and received the Meritorious Service Medal among other commendations.
Harbour is also a past Chairman of the Alaska Council on Economic Education, the Alaska Oil & Gas Association Government Affairs Committee, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, the Export Council of Alaska and the Department of Commerce's District Export Council. He is a past President of the Alaska Press Club, American Bald Eagle Foundation, Consumer Energy Alliance-Alaska and Common Sense for Alaska.
Harbour was instrumental in founding the American Bald Eagle Research Institute (UAS), the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, the Downtown Anchorage Business Partnership, and Arctic Power.
He also served as CEO of several small Alaska organizations, including the Anchorage Parking Authority and Action Security, Inc. Harbour is also Chairman Emeritus of the Alaska Oil & Gas Congress.
Harbour's wife, Nancy, is a professional, performing arts administrator and his three boys, Todd, Benjamin and William work in the fields of environmental management, energy marketing and medicine.