5-15-18 Asian LNG Projects Involve Saving/Losing Face

Troublesome Alaska Gas Pipeline/LNG Issues Involve the Saving/Losing of "Face" Opinion by Dave Harbour Understanding Asian culture and customs is critical for creating durable Asian business relationships Alaska has historically enjoyed business relationships with various Asian countries, including China, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan.  These relationships have traditionally evolved among private buyers and sellers of Alaska's natural resources, including minerals, liquefied natural gas (LNG), timber and seafood products.  In some of these cases, government officials have used their 'bully pulpits" usefully: to diplomatically support these transactions, but [...]

4-26-18 Alaskanomics and Alaska’s Natural Resource Wealth

Alaskanomics Scott Goldsmith. Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour We commend Northrim Bank (Northrim and its public service web page, Alaskanomics) for having long supported an approach adopted by Dr. Scott Goldsmith, now retired from the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), the "three legged stool". This analogy equates the stability of the stool to an economy supported equally by 1. oil & gas industry taxes and spending, 2. federal government spending and 3. other resources.  The only alteration we would suggest to the stool [...]

4-25-18 Why Is LNG Everywhere but Alaska? Is Alaska Morphing Into A Socialist State?

LNG Everywhere... ...but Alaska LNG: Cheniere Energy Inc Top Competitors and Peers - Competition pattern of the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade  - Piped Gas vs. LNG: Competition May Be Heating UP | Pipeline & Gas ... LNG Canada EPC contract announcement expected soon Alaska Highway News LNG Canada says it's not in a position yet to confirm reports that a US$14 billion engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract has been awarded for the design and construction of its liquefied natural gas plant in Kitimat. According to Nikkei Asian Review, a Japanese business publication, ... As Cheniere [...]

By | 2018-04-26T07:19:58+00:00 April 25th, 2018|LNG|1 Comment

4-20-18 Should Alaskan Politicians Align Their State’s Future With Communist China’s?

Alaska’s Imprudent LNG Project Reader question: Should Alaskan Politicians Align Their State's Future With Communist China's -- or, instead rely on free enterprise development of Alaska's natural gas transportation system--WHEN IT BECOMES ECONOMICAL?  Scroll down to answer in comment section. By Dave Harbour (NGP authorizes reprint of its editorials with condition that links be provided to such reprints.) As my kids would might say, it blew my mind this week when China’s news blog, Xinhua, announced, “The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) said on Thursday that it has signed [...]

3-29-18 We are traveling but here are today’s links

Larry Persily, Northern Gas Pipelines photo by Dave Harbour Today's links, courtesy, Larry Persily, former Alaska Gasline Federal Coordinator: Oil and gas news briefs for March 29, 2018 PetroChina says shorter deals will replace long-term contracts (Note: Here's what we Tweeted on this subject. NorthernGasPipelines‏ @daveharbour Mar 25.  NorthernGasPipelines Retweeted Natural Gas World "Even if socialist Alaska’s LNG scheme had a viable market and finance plan, a trend toward more short term contracts would be the stake in its heart."   ...   (OilPrice.com; March 28) - State-owned oil and gas giant PetroChina is [...]

By | 2018-03-29T06:15:56+00:00 March 29th, 2018|AGDC, China, Commentary, Interstate Gas, Japan, Korea, LNG|0 Comments

3-20-18 LAST CHANCE BEFORE VOTING: A Logical Review Of Anchorage’s Utility Ballot Initiative, and An Alaska LNG Scheme Update

Our Analysis Of Proposition 10 From Last Week Proposition 10 allows the MOA to sell its Municipal Light & Electric (ML&P) utility to Chugach Electric Coop (CEA). Ray Kreig on Mike Porcaro's 3-23-18 KENI Radio Show re: author's view of ML&P sale. https://clyp.it/fhbf5swd We support an HONEST and TRANSPARENT sale of ML&P but we oppose the corrupted process leading to Proposition 10.  We will vote “No” until the MOA employs a transparent, valid, robust, national competitive bidding process (i.e. RFP or RFB) and until a super majority [...]

3-5-18 Alaska North Slope Gas: Irrelevant and Ignored

Alaska Senate committee takes up Walker’s bill to retire oil tax credits.  The Senate Resources Committee took up Senate Bill 176, which would have the state sell bonds to pay off the credits, for the first time Feb. 21. Alaska delegation says drilling in ANWR is at least a decade away.  It took roughly four decades for Alaska's congressional delegation to pass a law that would allow drilling in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)…FERC grants Mat-Su Borough’s request on Port Mac.  The Alaska LNG Project appears to have just [...]

By | 2018-03-07T14:32:30+00:00 March 5th, 2018|AGDC, Alaska's Fiscal Crisis, Alaskanomics, Competition, LNG|0 Comments

2-15-18 BC-Alberta Pipeline Tensions Rise – Let’s Not Forget Alaska Either!

Danger Stranger by Dave Harbour Why are government officials in Alaska, Alberta and British Columbia so engaged in efforts to control utility/pipeline projects?  A.  Because that's where the money is (Ref: W.H.).  Ratepayers, Taxpayers, Citizens beware the elected elite and bureaucracy! DANGER-STRANGER We urge critical thinking Alaskans to be especially alert to utility/pipeline games.  With declining economy, unions and government workers, some utilities and compliant politicians (i.e. and croney capitalist businesses dependent on the foregoing) will naturally want to keep their constituencies WHOLE at the expense of [...]

1-23-18 Just remember….

Just remember... Private companies when filing with FERC and other agencies -- for energy projects or just for portions of a project regulated by a particular agency -- really have to have their acts together. Among that preparation is a reasonable degree of knowledge and proof -- acceptable to the board of directors as well as convincing to the agency -- that the project is real.  The application must be solid: environmental research/safeguards (i.e. air, water, earth and flora and fauna, including birds, mammals, fish), geological, cultural, archaeological, logistic, [...]

1-22-18 Alaska’s Pipe Policy Pursues Perfidy

Saturday We Said, "Canada's Pipe Policy Pursues Perplexity" (Today, it's Alaska's Turn) We say Alaska pursues perfidy because it does.  Everyone in the state with at least one good eye on this government-owned bureaucrat-controlled enterprise (i.e. the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, or AGDC) knows it is is not what it claims to be. Heaven knows what Governor Walker told President Trump about his pipedream last year when his role as governor gained him entrance to America's seat of power to talk about a $1 trillion US "Infrastructure" investment project.  [...]

1-19-18 Alaska and Alberta: Resist Socialism!

Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's socialist (i.e. communist) dictator. Comment: We continually urge Alaska and Alberta to control spending and taxation.  The two oil supported governments should resist the move toward socialism which unsuccessfully manages economies, kills economic growth, produces run-away unemployment and inflation and results in dictatorship and loss of freedom.  Following is an example of an oil-fired economy ruined by socialist dictatorship.  -dh Looting of food stores spreads in Venezuela as inflation tops 2600%.  Things are going from bad to worse in Venezuela as growing food shortages are [...]

12-29-17 Another Pipedream Hits The Dust

Editorial Comment: Your author served as director of public affairs for the Arctic Gas Project in the 1970s, a  component of which was a Mackenzie Delta gas transportation project. Canada's National Energy Board killed that project and your author then served as advisor to the Foothills (i.e. Alaska highway route) pipeline project which separated itself from the Mackenzie project.  That project proved to be infeasible in the 1980s as did a Dempster Highway alternative for Mackenzie Delta gas (i.e. Maple Leaf project). During the 80s your author served as government relations [...]

12-28-17 Alaska’s Governor Supports Climate Change Movement!

Global Warming Opinion From Our Mid-Atlantic Energy Analyst: Given the odd pattern of the holiday weeks, we forgot until today about Euan Mearns’ Blowout Week, which we generally link.  http://euanmearns.com/blowout-week-208/#more-20518 Given the weather for the northeast quadrant of the U.S.  this week (the high here today was 12 degrees, and snowing hard in Geauga County), our two favorites deal with ongoing predictions of global warming. On the one hand, GLOBAL WARMING (GW) is causing ongoing record snowfalls:  Reuters: Climate change driving record snows in Alaskan mountains The study by researchers from Dartmouth College, the [...]

12-21-17 Yesterday Was A Historical and Memorable Day For Alaska … And The Nation!

Trump's EPA Could Open Door For Alaska Gold And Copper Mine.  A proposed gold and copper mine in Southwest Alaska is one step closer to becoming a reality this week: On Monday the company behind Pebble Mine announced a new investor. Second big Pebble announcement: Permit application on Friday.  Just days after Northern Dynasty Minerals of Canada announced it had brought on a major partner, the company today says it has final paperwork ready to file for a major permit… Alaska And The Nation Will Now Have ANWR Support For America's New [...]

12-20-17 A Union Hope For An Alaska Gas Export Project

Stay the course: Alaska LNG project on horizon By Scott Eickholt Citizen Op-Ed, Originally Published: Fairbanks News Miner Scott Eickholt, Linkedin Profile The stars are aligned — from the White House, to Alaska’s congressional delegation, to Gov. Bill Walker and the skilled workers of Alaska — all parties are committed to building a project to bring Alaska’s natural gas to market. I see this project not as a burden or drain on the Alaska economy but a way out of the hole. We need new revenue and we [...]