Frequently Asked Questions

I hear other projects talking about $7 Billion, $20 Billion, and even $50 Billion price tags. How can FPC do it for so little ($716 Million)?

The price of steel is a very large cost factor. For example, a 12 inch line is not half as cheap as a 24 inch line, but rather is reduced by a factor of Pi (3.14) with the diameter. Using the Dalton Highway Corridor with existing environmental data already available is also a large savings. Other gasline projects include costly export facilities (such as gas treatment plants, etc), which are not needed for in-state use.

I don’t have natural gas at my business or house. How am I going to benefit from this?

Most Alaskans will benefit primarily by the reduction in electrical power cost to homes and businesses. Cheaper power benefits everyone. It allows for money to be spent on other things, stimulating Alaska’s economy and creating jobs. In addition, new infra-structure can be built after natural gas becomes available.

Why are you waiting on the State of Alaska? Why don’t we just proceed without direct involvement from the State?

We need the Dalton Highway Right-of-Way and associated data for permitting. There is a need to provide benefit to the entire State. We don’t need financial support (subsidies) from the State, but we do need approval (sanction) from the State. Private industry may step in and do it, but costs and benefits to Alaskans will be very different than presented here.

Won’t it take years just to get the environmental permits for this project?

The State of Alaska has paid for and acquired vast amounts of data related to the environmental permitting and geophysics of the Dalton Highway Area. Along with having the benefit of this data, our project will be constructed within the Dalton Highway’s “prism of disturbance”, greatly mitigating the need to assess potential additional environmental effects.

How are two guys in a little office in Fairbanks going to pull this off?

We’re not! We’re getting the ball rolling. As the project picks up we will back out while major engineering and construction companies do their work. Our role will be limited to oversight to keep the project on track.

Is it safe to put a gas pipeline next to the roadway?

Yes, piping is buried and well protected. It facilitates access for construction and maintenance, and reduces the impact on the wilderness environment. It’s common practice throughout the lower 48 and in Alaska.

Sounds like a great project… but where are you now?

Yes, it is a great project. Supply & demand are clearly defined and we’ve completed detailed pipeline modeling and economics. We’re looking for support from the State, industry, businesses, and residents to make the next step.