Pipelines

The Alaska Gas Pipeline: delivering Alaska North Slope natural gas through Alaska, Yukon, British Columbia to Alberta and the USA. (BP and ConocoPhillips)

PROLOG developed a logistics plan for the construction of a large diameter (48") $42 billion pipeline for Denali, a joint venture of BP and ConocoPhillips. The work included analysis of the suitability of the current transportation infrastructure in Yukon and B.C. to facilitate pipeline construction traffic, and recommendations for required improvements.

The lowest cost routings for major construction commodities - pipe, fuel, equipment, camps, and compressor station modules was determined. The work considered international commodity sourcing, shipping routes, ports and modal options. Site analysis work established the optimum locations for double-jointing and coating pipe. Airports were studied to develop optimum personnel movement programs for project construction camps.

Arctic Gas Pipeline Construction Impacts on Northern Transportation (Transport Canada)

Alaska Highway and Mackenzie Valley natural gas pipeline construction scenarios were examined for personnel and material movement requirements along with sourcing, routing, timing and destination delivery programs.

Further, these construction logistics requirements were combined with existing community re-supply baseline freight flows into Northwest Territories and Yukon to assess potential impacts on northern transportation systems.

Logistics Opportunities and Transportation Impacts in the Northwest Territories during the Mackenzie Gas Project (Government of Northwest Territories and Transport Canada)

This was the last of a series of three studies of the Mackenzie Gas Project (MGP). Initially, primary construction material volumes, sources, destinations and delivery modes were calculated, and time-phased. The work was later expanded to include the freight movements for the three anchor production facilities in the Mackenzie Delta (Taglu, Niglintgak and Parsons Lake) and gas processing and compressor stations along the pipeline right-of-way.

Alternative strategies for moving materials into certain delivery points were recommended, where it was determined transport capacities could be an issue. An example was the use of the Point Barrow/Beaufort Sea route option for delivery points at the north end of the pipeline system, including Mackenzie Delta production facilities.

Local opportunities were developed focusing on secondary construction materials such as trucking and placing of granular materials, skids, portable storage tanks, potable water, etc.

Information was shared with, and compared to – similar logistics planning estimates provided by MGP project manager Imperial Oil Limited.