North Pole company abandons gas trucking plan


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A company has ended talks on a plan to truck liquid natural gas to the Fairbanks area.

Flint Hills Resources Alaska said Tuesday that its decision to end discussions on a trucking plan was partly motivated by lowered energy costs at its North Pole Refinery.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/Rz0Tv5) reports that the refinery has taken steps in the past year to reduce its energy consumption. Those steps included installation of a new heat-recovery system at the facility and the shutting down of one of its refinery units.

Flint Hills spokesman Jeff Cook says the lower costs made a planned North Slope natural gas trucking partnership between Flint Hills and Golden Valley Electric Association less of a necessity.

GVEA says it will pursue a trucking plan without Flint Hills.

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