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Story last updated at 6:08 PM on Wednesday, February 2, 2011

RCA denies AP Energy request

Anchor Point Energy heard from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska on a project that could affect natural gas supplies in Southcentral.

The company asked for a waiver so that the entity would not have to provide the financial records of its owners as they applied for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. According to a Jan. 28 decision, that request was denied because the entity did not show a good reason to do so.

Anchor Point Energy wants to transport natural gas through a new pipeline from the Armstrong Cook Inlet production facility to the Enstar pipeline so it can sell gas to Alaska Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of Enstar. No gas will be sold directly to the public, but a certificate of public convenience and necessity is required because of the terms of the lease for the land the pipeline runs along.

A hearing on the company's application is scheduled for Feb. 14 in Anchorage. Anchor Point has asked to be allowed to start gas flowing to Enstar as early as March 2011. According to Anchor Point's application, the gas they intend to supply to Enstar would help meet that company's projected shortfalls.