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ALASKA TRENDS By Paul Davidson Alaska Trends, an outline of significant statewide statistics, is provided by the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development.

Petroleum Refineries


An outlook at Alaska operations

ix petroleum refineries operate in Alaska, most of which are “topping” plants that take lighter petroleum products from crude oil and inject the rest back into the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Alaskan refineries produce jet fuel, gasoline, heating oil, diesel, gas oil and asphalt. Most motor gasoline consumed instate is refined in Nikiski and North Pole, and most jet fuel consumed in-state is produced in these and three other in-state refineries. According to ConocoPhillips, Kenai’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, which exports to Japan, is the only exporting LNG terminal in North America. The United States Energy Information Administration records Alaska as one of six states in the West Coast data recording district known as PADD 5. The chart shows changes in the capacity of PADD 5 and utilization of that capacity from 1985 to 2011 (preliminary data is used for 2011). Capacity peaks in 2009

with 3,222 thousand barrels, then declines to a 12-year low of 2,910 thousand barrels in 2011. Utilization drops by 234 thousand barrels in 2009, and again by 209 barrels in 2011, the highest yearly changes in production in this 26-year data set.  q

SOURCE: State of Alaska Division of Oil and Gas, United States Energy Information Agency

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