Cart before horse. Commercial entities usually secure gas supplies then expand (or acquire) facilities. AIDEA appears to be doing it in reverse. Put things to a market test -- at best, Alaska should CO-invest with industry (which imposes commercial discipline and expertise), not supplant it. "The deal between the state and Pentex is expected to close sometime this summer ...." Arranging gas supplies? Who knows when ... "With the processing facility in Point MacKenzie the focus on finding a source of natural gas for the Interior turns to Cook Inlet, said AIDEA board member Gary Wilken, a former state senator from Fairbanks.
'The effort is to look at Cook Inlet and establish in some manner a long-term gas supply,' he said."
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