Alaskan Town to Supply Water for Natural Gas Pipeline

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — An 800-mile (1,287-kilometer) natural gas pipeline will use water from the city of Kenai if the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation builds its proposed liquefaction plant and export terminal in Nikiski, the Peninsula Clarion reported Monday.

The previous plan for the LNG project was to supply the plant with water from wells in Nikiski, but that had to be changed after test wells underperformed or exceeded government standards for contamination.

Jesse Carlstrom, the corporation’s communications manager, said the terminal and plant would need about 150 gallons (568 liters) per minute of fresh water to operate. Carlstrom said that would be less water consumption than the existing industrial facilities in the plant area.

Kenai Public Works Director Sean Wedemeyer said the city’s water system supplies about an average of 1 million gallons (3.79 million liters) of water per day.

He said the additional demand would require upgrades to Kenai’s water system, although he didn’t know exactly what kind of upgrades or how much they would cost.

The corporation plans to release a feasibility study this spring of using Kenai’s water system to supply the plant.

Carlstrom said the corporation plans to shoulder at least some of the cost.

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