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Alaska gas opportunities capture attention at LNG 17


(Anchorage, AK) – State officials participated this week in a major conference that highlighted LNG projects around the world. The LNG 17 conference in Houston – the largest global natural gas event this year – featured 80 countries around the world and thousands of delegates. The event provided an unparalleled opportunity to highlight the competitive advantages of an Alaska LNG export project – in speeches, in meetings with potential buyers and investors, and with a state-sponsored booth.

A number of keynote speakers highlighted Alaska’s role in supplying domestic and global energy markets during the weeklong conference. During Monday’s opening ceremony, Nobuo Tanaka, former head of the International Energy Agency, and Chris Smith, the U.S. Department of Energy’s acting assistant secretary for fossil fuels, specifically mentioned Alaska’s important role as a global energy supplier. Other LNG 17 speakers who referenced Alaska during their presentations included Shigeru Muraki, executive vice president of Tokyo Gas Co., Japan’s largest natural gas utility, and Daniel Yergin, a global energy expert and author.

On Wednesday, Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan gave a presentation on the comparative opportunities of Alaska natural gas during a main-hall plenary session focusing on the North American LNG market. “In addition to highlighting the comparative advantages of an Alaska LNG project, this was also a great opportunity to update potential investors on the progress that the Parnell Administration and legislators made this year to spur new investment through fiscal reform and increase the efficiency of oil and gas permitting on state lands,” Sullivan said.  

To read Commissioner Sullivan’s LNG 17 presentation, go to http://dnr.alaska.gov/commis/Presentations/LNG_17_4_17_13.pdf.


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