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Begich Calls Selection of Nikiski as New Site for New LNG Plant 'Great News'

Says it is Shot In Arm for Alaska’s Economy and Energy Future

U.S. Senator Mark Begich issued the following statement in reaction to today’s announcement by Alaska’s major oil and gas producers and TransCanada that the companies have selected a site in the Nikiski area of the Kenai Peninsula for a proposed new liquid natural gas liquefaction plant and terminal.

“The decision by Alaska’s major oil and gas producers to move ahead on a new project to deliver to market Alaska’s enormous natural gas reserves is great news for our state. This demonstrates that America’s leading energy companies have full confidence in their ability to economically produce Alaska’s natural gas resources.

 “A Nikiski area liquefaction plant and export terminal will be a multi-billion investment and huge shot in the arm to both Alaska’s economy and confidence in our state’s energy future. A gasline from Prudhoe Bay to the Kenai Peninsula can meet Alaska’s in-state energy needs while supplying the energy-thristy countries of the Asia Pacific.

“I’m keeping up my work in the Senate to advance an Alaska gas project. I already have introduced legislation to extend the benefits of the federal gasline coordinator’s office to any such gas project, including this LNG proposal. That legislation is significant to an LNG gasline, a pipeline to the Lower 48 through Canada or an all-Alaska gasline.”

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