Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources has awarded a $5 million contract for evaluation of alternatives for a natural gas pipeline to deliver gas from the North Slope to in-state markets to an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corp., the firm said Thursday.

Parts of Alaska, particularly its Southcentral region, have been starved for gas supplies as production from the Cook Inlet has declined. A number of options have been weighed to tap North Slope gas while the state continues to work on a long-sought interstate pipeline project to the Lower 48 (see Daily GPI, June 12; Feb. 6).

Michael Baker Jr. Inc. said it will provide civil, geotechnical, hydraulic, process, pipeline, logistical and route engineering for a gas treatment plant, pipeline, compressor stations, route selection, access roads and material sites. Also included in the two-year contract are geospatial services and project mapping. Larkspur Associates LLC will provide cost estimating for the gas treatment plant, compressor stations, plants and other facilities. Price-Gregory will provide cost estimating for the pipelines and facilities, and Northern Economics will provide economic modeling and cost of service determination. Baker will also be responsible for providing support for environmental permitting for the 700-mile pipeline project.

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