Tim Bradner

  • JUNEAU — With the first session of the 28th Alaska Legislature scheduled to wrap up its business April 14, some big issues remain on the table. Still to be decided are oil taxes and two big energy projects — a plan for the state to finance trucking of liquefied natural gas from the North Slope a...

    Wed, 04/03/2013 - 10:22am
  • JUNEAU — Major North Slope producers say legislators are making big strides so far in making Alaska more competitive for new oil investment, but Senate Bill 21, which passed the Senate narrowly March 20, still needs some changes to make the state really attractive. The tax rate is too high, at 35 ...

    Wed, 04/03/2013 - 10:21am
  • By TIM BRADNER Morris News Service - Alaska The oil tax bill now moving in the Legislature puts Alaska in the middle of the pack of oil producing regions in terms of “government take” of net profits and should bring new industry investment quickly, consultants to the Le...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 11:15am
  • Buccaneer Energy says it expects to produce 9 to 10 million cubic feet of natural gas daily from two wells at its small Kenai Loop gas field and that permanent production facilities have now been completed. While that’s not a huge amount of production, it is a welcome addition to tight natural gas...

    Wed, 03/20/2013 - 9:11am
  • The state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corp. has signed a $6.7 million contract with a Fluor/WorleyParsons joint venture to do preliminary engineering on a $1.7 billion gas conditioning plant at Prudhoe Bay. AGDC is an independent state corporation working on a 36-inch, in-state natural gas pipe...

    Mon, 03/18/2013 - 3:41pm
  • ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. says it will not extend the federal export license for its Kenai natural gas liquefaction plant when the license expires March 31. However, the plant will be maintained in a stand-by mode to be available if opportunities develop, company spokeswoman Amy Burnett said in a s...

    Mon, 03/18/2013 - 3:37pm
  • JUNEAU -- Gov. Sean Parnell's bill to streamline state permitting procedures is moving rapidly through legislative committees in Juneau.This is the second year Parnell has sought changes. Last year the governor proposed, and lawmakers approved, House Bill 361, which made some of the most important c...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 4:29pm
  • Shell broke its weeks-long silence on the status of its two Arctic drill rigs Feb. 11. The Kulluk and Noble Discoverer, two drill vessels used by Shell for its 2012, Arctic drilling, will be moved from Alaska to Asia for repairs, the company said in a statement late Monday.The Kulluk, a conical dril...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:55pm
  • Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. is looking at ways to keep oil flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline system as the amount of oil continues to drop.Alyeska is now studying a "cold dry flow" procedure to remove water from crude oil shipped through TAPS to help manage a decline in throughput, the pipe...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:12pm
  • The weather has been cold and natural gas supplies in Southcentral Alaska are very tight. Enstar Natural Gas Co. distributed near-record amounts of gas in its system during recent cold weather and is drawing down supplies from a new gas storage facility on the Kenai Peninsula. Meanwhile, utilities i...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:49am

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