Alaska Dept of Natural Resources Awards Baker In-State Gas Line Contract

Michael Baker Jr., Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corporation, has been awarded a $5 million engineering contract from Alaska's Department of Natural Resources. The goal of this project is to evaluate alternatives for a pipeline system to deliver natural gas from the North Slope of Alaska to in-state Alaskan markets; determine a valid pre-feasibility level estimate for the cost of gas transport; determine a right-of-way, and evaluate associated construction and logistics requirements. Baker will also be responsible for providing support for environmental permitting for this approximately 700-mile-long pipeline project.

"Baker is very pleased to have been selected to support the State on this critical interior pipeline," said Bradley L. Mallory, Baker's president and chief executive officer. "Baker has extensive Arctic pipeline engineering experience built on our 65-plus years of service in Alaska."

Baker will provide civil, geotechnical, hydraulic, process, pipeline, logistical and route engineering for the gas treatment plant, pipeline, compressor stations, route selection, access roads and material sites. Also included in this two-year contract are geospatial services and project mapping. Larkspur Associates L.L.C. 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.