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Begich Hosts Alaska Gas Markets Discussion


As Alaska’s gas prospects on the North Slope, Arctic Outer Continental Shelf and Cook Inlet increase, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is hosting a discussion on potential markets, including Hawaii and Japan, for the vast resource.

On Thursday, August 23, Begich will bring together experts from industry and government to discuss opportunities for Alaska’s estimated 200 trillion cubic feet of natural gas proven and potential reserves.  The meeting will also highlight the similar challenges remote areas of Hawaii and Alaska face in bringing natural gas to homes and businesses.

“As a senator representing Alaska, my bottom line is always how to supply affordable energy to Alaskans, who pay some of the highest prices in the nation,” Begich said. ‘The key to achieving that goal is bringing the right folks together and putting together a project that works for everybody.”

Begich said the gas markets discussion started more than a year ago when Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye invited Begich to meet with a series of Japanese government and industry leaders. Every one of them expressed great interest in an affordable, reliable source of Alaska natural gas

Panelists at Thursday’s discussion include federal gas line coordinator Larry Persily, representatives from Hawaiian Electric Company, the Hawaii Lt. Governor’s office, TOTE, CIRI, Buccaneer Energy, and more.

The event is open media.

Thursday, August 23

Alaska Gas Markets discussion

1:30 pm

Alaska Ocean Observing System – conference room

1007 W 3rd Avenue, Suite 100


Other events that might be of media interest on Sen. Begich’s schedule over the next few days include:

Friday, August 24

Alaska Military Youth Academy graduation - speaker

10 am

Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Atwood Concert Hall


Anchorage International Rotary Lunch - keynote speaker

12 noon

Coast International Inn

3450 Aviation Avenue


Arctic Imperative Summit – speaker

7:30 pm

Hotel Captain Cook


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