STATUS: In progress with opposition
OPPOSITION: Sierra Club; Cook Inletkeeper
BACKGROUND: The Alaska Natural Resources-to-Liquids LLC project is estimated to cost $5 billion. The project would consist of a 300 mega-watt coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant near the Beluga coal fields using the Fischer Tropsch chemical conversion process. ANRTL's project would manufacture 80,000 barrels per day of ultra-clean diesel and naphtha for U.S. West Coast markets. In the longer term, the plant could make a variety of other products, like jet fuel.
The proposed location seems well-suited for the proposed plant. The Beluga CTL plant and coal reserves next to the tide water, and the estimate is the Beluga coal field has 50+ years of supply. The plan is for CO2 sequestering through local depleted gas fields, and CO2 enhanced oil recovery in local reservoirs if up to 150 to 300 million barrels. The site is 12 miles from the electric grid serving 85% of Alaska’s electric load, and 10 miles from the natural gas transmission system delivering 500 mmcf/d. Almost half of Alaska’s population lives within 65 miles of the CTL site, and 80% of the engineering, design, fabrication, construction and operating companies serving Alaska’s North Slope and Cook Inlet oil and gas industry are located within 45 miles of this location.
LAST UPDATED: November 5, 2010