Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

Energy Forum

South Central Alaska Energy Forum, September 20 & 21, 2006

The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Municipality of Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula and Mat-Su Boroughs sponsored a two day Public Forum on September 20 and 21, 2006 at the Egan Center in Anchorage to assess the long range energy needs of South Central Alaska.  This forum covered a broad spectrum of topics including opportunities for new exploration, extending production from existing fields, Cook Inlet oil and gas infrastructure, an examination of other energy alternatives and an assessment of anticipated utility and industrial user energy needs.

Final Report (pdf)

Program (pdf)


(pdf): Wednesday, 20 Sep 2006  /  Thursday, 21 Sep 2006 Updated 13 November 2006

Program Overview

Presentations are linked as pdfs when available.
Topic / Presentation Invited Speakers

Opening / Welcome / Comments by Mayors Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC) / Governor Frank H. Murkowski / Mark Begich, Mayor, Anchorage
John Williams, Mayor, Kenai Peninsula Borough (KPB)
Tim Anderson, Mayor, Matanuska Susitna Borough

The Looming Energy Challenge in South Central AK

- Gas Supply and Forecast Charles P. Thomas, Manager, Arctic Energy Office SAIC

- Gas Pricing Arlon Tussing, Economist, University of Alaska, Anchorage

- Kenai Borough Perspective Bill Popp, Special Assistant to Mayor, KPB, Oil & Gas Liaison

Utility Gas Users

- Enstar Natural Gas Company Dan Dieckgraeff, Manager - Regulatory & Gas Supply, Enstar

- Municipal Light & Power (ML&P) Jim Posey, General Manager, ML&P

- Chugach Electric Association, Inc. (CEA) John Cooley, Director of System Control, CEA (Invited)

Industrial User Needs and Plans

Overview of Natural Gas Demand William Nebesky, Commercial Analyst, DNR/DOG

Agrium, Today & Tomorrow
Kenai Blue Sky Project
Christian Sonnichsen, Plant Manager &
Tim Johnson, Lead - Blue Sky Project, Agrium U.S. Inc.

Lt. Governor Remarks Lt. Governor Loren Leman

Lunch Speakers / Cook Inlet History

Cook Inlet, the Early Days Thomas E. Kelly, Former Commissioner, DNR

History of Cook Inlet Oil & Gas Exploration Bill Van Dyke, Acting Director, DNR/DOG

Extending Production

ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc. Scott Jepsen, Manager, Cook Inlet, ConocoPhillips Alaska

Chevron U.S.A. John Zager, General Manager, Chevron U.S.A.

Aurora Power Resources Ed Jones, Exec VP E & O, Aurora Power Resources

Cook Inlet Infrastructure

Aging Platforms Pat Galvin, Leasing Mgr. DNR/DOG

Pipeline Access (Speaker TBA) (Andy Hoagie (ph))

Gas Storage (Permitting/Leasing) Brian Havelock, NR Specialist, DOG/DNR

Gas Storage – Producers John Zager, GM, Chevron U.S.A.

Effect of Taxes and Incentives

Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA) Tom Williams, Chair AOGA Tax Committee

DNR/DOG William Nebesky, Commercial Analyst, DNR/DOG &
Greg Bidwell, Commercial Analyst, DNR/DOG

DOR Mark Edwards, Revenue Development, DOR


Overview of Energy Alternatives

Overview of Energy Alternatives Carolyn Dunmire, Managing Director, Dunmire Consulting

Natural Gas & AK’s Future Mary Ann Pease, Gas Line Advisor to the Governor, Former Chair, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce/ Chuck Logsdon Ph.D., Gas Line Advisor to the Governor, State of Alaska

Cook Inlet Oil & Gas Resources

Historical Natural Gas Prospecting Steve Davies, Sr. Petroleum Geologist, AOGCC

Current Cook Inlet Resource Potential David Hite, Owner & Geologist, Hite Consulting

Use of CO2 in EOR Charles Thomas, Manager, Arctic Energy Office SAIC or David Hite

MMS Drew Comer, Geologist

New Players in South Central Oil & Gas Exploration

Benchmark Oil & Gas Company Denise M. Stone, Exploration Advisor

Pioneer Natural Resources Company Ken Sheffield, Jr., President, Pioneer Natural Resources Company

Rutter & Wilbanks Corporation Bill Rutter III, VP, Rutter & Wilbanks Corporation

Renaissance Resources (Alaska), LLC Mark R. Landt, Co-Founder, Renaissance Resources (Alaska), LLC

Storm Cat Energy Corri Feige, Storm Cat Energy Corporation

North Slope Gas – Spur Line

Spur Line Harold Heinze, CEO, Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority

Spur Line Analysis Charles Thomas, Arctic Energy Office SAIC

Importance of Spur Line to Kenai Peninsula Borough SAIC Study Team

Coal Power

Industrial Development & Export Mike Barry, Chairman, Alaska Industrial Development & Export Authority & AEA

- Usibelli Coal Company

Steve Denton, VP Business Development, Usibelli Coal Co.

- PacRim Coal Company Bob Stiles, President, DRven Corporation

Round table Discussion John K. Norman, Chairman, AOGCC, Moderator

Cook Inlet Energy Solutions: Putting the Pieces Together - short, medium & long term alternatives. Carolyn Dunmire, Dunmire Consulting, Harold Heinze, CEO, Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority, Tony Izzo, Former President & CEO, Enstar Natural Gas Company, Scott Jepsen, Manager - Cook Inlet, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Tim Johnson, Agrium U.S. Inc., Mike Munger, Executive Director, CIRCAC, Bill Popp, Special Assistant to Mayor, KPB, >Jim Posey, GM, Municipal Light & Power, John Zager, GM, Chevron U.S.A.

Opportunity for Public Comments & Questions

Moderators – AOGCC John K. Norman, Chairman & Dan T. Seamount, Commissioner, AOGCC

Conclusion AOGCC

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