Headlamp – Trump warned that tariffs could harm energy agenda.

H20 for AGDC from city of Kenai. If the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation builds its planned liquefaction plant and export terminal in Nikiski, its water will come from the city of Kenai, according to the state-owned corporation’s present plans for the LNG project, which would bring North Slope natural gas to Nikiski through an 800-mile pipeline. Previous plans to supply the plant with water from wells in Nikiski were canceled after test wells underperformed or exceeded government standards for contamination. In operation, the terminal and plant would need about 150 gallons per minute of fresh water — of which 135 gallons would be used for power generation and 15 gallons as potable water and for other utility uses, wrote AGDC Communications Manager Jesse Carlstrom in an email. Carlstrom wrote that this would be less water consumption than the existing industrial facilities in the plant area — an inactive fertilizer plant and a smaller, inactive LNG terminal — used when operating. The present LNG terminal — built in 1969 by ConocoPhillips and sold after years of inactivity to Andeavor, owners of a nearby refinery, in February — chilled its gas supply to liquid temperature using a cooling tower fed by water from local aquifers. The fertilizer plant also used an aquifer-fed cooling tower in its operation, Carlstrom wrote.

Zinke wants mores study before lease sale in MT. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Monday he has postponed a second federal oil and gas lease sale planned for March in less than a week in response to local opposition to the possibility of drilling near national parks and monuments. Zinke said the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will remove 17,300 acres out of the planned March 13 sale of 63,496 acres of federal land for oil and gas leases near the tourist city of Livingston, Montana, which is a gateway to the Yellowstone National Park. “I’ve always said there are places where it is appropriate to develop and where it’s not. This area certainly deserves more study, and appropriately we have decided to defer the sale,” Zinke said in a statement.

Sullivan hopes for aggressive lease sale schedule in ANWR. Trump administration officials may be able to hold the first auction for oil and natural gas drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) next year, Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) said Monday. Speaking at CERAWeek, a major oil industry conference in Houston, Sullivan said he thinks the Interior Department could beat the 2021 deadline for a lease sale that was set out in last year’s GOP tax bill, though the agency has not committed to a timeline. “It’s my hope, and this is a very aggressive timeline, that we would have the first lease sale … to be sometime in 2019,” Sullivan told the audience. Sullivan said Interior officials are currently in Alaska laying the groundwork for eventual drilling in the Coastal Plain area of ANWR. He encouraged oil industry officials there to bid in the lease sales. The tax overhaul last year opened ANWR for drilling, settling a 40-year debate over whether to drill in the refuge. It had been a priority of Alaska leaders and some Republicans for decades. Interior must, under the tax law, hold a lease sale by 2021 and another by 2024, with at least 400,000 acres available each time. The remaining 83 parcels, which cover over 46,000 acres, will be offered for lease via an online auction as planned. The leases last for 10 years.

From today’s Washington Examiner Daily on Energy:

TRUMP WARNED THAT TARIFFS COULD HARM ENERGY AGENDA: A Republican senator and a CEO of a pipeline company both warned Monday that the steel and aluminum tariffs could disrupt the Trump administration’s “energy dominance” agenda and harm relations with crucial allies. “Right now the approach seems to be splitting our allies apart,” said Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, during a panel discussion at CERAWeek.

No U.S. market: Echoing Gerard, Plains All American Pipeline CEO Greg Armstrong warned that the tariffs could hurt pipeline construction, stalling the ability to transport natural gas domestically and overseas. The type of steel used in pipelines is a niche market, Armstrong said on the panel with Sullivan, so most domestic steel producers have left the pipeline market because of its high cost. He said Trump’s plan to slap a 25 percent tariff on steel imports could drive up the cost for oil and natural pipelines. “We don’t think it would be appropriate to put a tariff on something you can’t buy here in the United States,” Armstrong said. “We’ll survive no matter what. It’s a thornier issue than printed in the headlines. “Armstrong said his company has about $1.5 billion worth of “projects underway that use quite a bit of steel.”

Focus on China: The comments opposing tariffs come as House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and other Republican leaders are threatening legislative action to fight back. Sullivan said the tariffs should focus specifically on China, rather than affecting every country. Trump administration officials reiterated over the weekend they did not expect the president to provide exceptions from the tariffs for allied countries such as Canada and Mexico.


First Reads:

LNG project to use Kenai city water
Peninsula Clarion, Ben Boettger, March 5, 2018

U.S. Interior chief holds off on federal oil lease sale after outcry
Reuters, Valerie Volcovici, March 5, 2018

Alaska senator: Arctic refuge drilling sale could start next year
The Hill, Timothy Cama, March 5, 2018