March 16, 2014
Contact: Mindy O’Neall

HDPE Pipe unloaded in major milestone toward energy relief

Fairbanks, AK – The first shipment of High Density Polyethylene pipe was received in Fairbanks last week, marking a major milestone toward energy relief for Interior Alaska. The pipe, manufactured in the United States and shipped from Seattle, arrived months before construction is ready to begin. The shipment will be followed by several additional loads in the coming weeks equaling about 80 miles of pipe intended for installation this summer in the North Pole area.

“This milestone is a real indicator of the forward movement of the Interior Energy Project and providing energy relief to Interior Alaskans,” said David Prusak, Project Manager for the Interior Gas Utility. “We are anxious for the weather to warm up so we can begin the installation process.”

Phase I has been divided into three Zones for clearing and construction. Right of way clearing began last week and is anticipated to be 70% completed by May 1.

Construction in these areas are to follow between May and September. Bids will be accepted for Zones B and C this week; Zone A were opened March 16.

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