Tim Bradner

  • The state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corp. has developed preliminary designs for “offtake” facilities that would allow communities to take natural gas from a large-diameter gas pipeline, if one were built. The designs were presented to AGDC’s board of directors at its June 11 meeting....

    Thu, 06/18/2015 - 8:35am
  • Bidding was modest in the state’s annual Cook Inlet areawide lease sale held May 7, a symptom of low crude oil prices and a limited regional market for natural gas. The state Division of Oil and Gas auctioned seven oil and gas leases May 7 to three companies. Hilcorp Energy LLC and AIX Energy LLC,...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:30am
  • The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority has given approval for a $30-million financing package that will allow BlueCrest Energy to begin drilling and development at its Cosmopolitan offshore oil project in Cook Inlet. BlueCrest will have construction of onshore facilities under way in...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:28am
  • After a session spent dueling with Gov. Bill Walker over his plan to spend $85 million in state funds to increase the size of a state-led natural gas pipeline, and Walker’s veto of a bill stopping him from spending the money, the Legislature may have gotten the final word. In their final budget ac...

    Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:14pm
  • Two consultants to the state Legislature have warned that Gov. Bill Walker’s quest for an expanded state-led natural gas pipeline could undermine the larger industry-led gas project in which the state also is a partner. “The state and its commitment has become a major risk factor for the Alaska ...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:11am
  • Alaska’s current budget crisis can easily be blamed on the plunge in oil prices, which are less than half what they were nine months ago, but some responsibility should be laid at the door of the state’s citizens, who are largely disconnected from state spending decisions — except to spend mor...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:47am
  • Just as things seemed to be going reasonably well for the large Alaska LNG Project, the $45 billion to $65 billion gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas initiative in which the state is a partner, Gov. Bill Walker may be throwing a wrench into the works. State legislators, and the state’s industr...

    Wed, 03/11/2015 - 10:51am
  • BlueCrest Energy plans to resume drilling at the Cosmopolitan oil and gas deposit near Anchor Point this summer, BlueCrest CEO Benjamin Johnson said. The company, based in Fort Worth, Texas, has signed a Memorandum of Terms with WesPac Midstream LLC to help finance development of gas resources at Co...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:04pm
  • State geologists have increased the amount of natural gas they believe can be economically produced from known fields in Cook Inlet.  In a recent study, the state Division of Oil and Gas concluded there may be 440 billion cubic feet more gas in the inlet’s gas fields than previously estimated...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:04pm
  • The turnaround in Cook Inlet oil and gas production in recent years is one of the big success stories for Alaska. It has come at a hefty expense, however, to the state treasury. It turns out that inlet producers are being heavily subsidized by the state of Alaska, consultants to the state Legislatur...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:51am

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