32nd USAEE/IAEE North American Conference - Technical Tours

Gregory S. McDuffie

Commercial Activities Supervisor

ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc.

(Anchorage, AK)

As you plan your trip to Alaska, please take note of the four technical tours that are being planned to enhance your participation at the 32nd USAEE/IAEE North American Conference.


1) Prudhoe Bay (North Slope of Alaska) - Kuparuk Oil Field Tour

Saturday, July 27, 2013 (All Day)


2) Valdez Marine Terminal - Trans-Alaska Pipeline

Thursday/Friday, August 1-2, 2013 (Overnight)

3) Bio-gas plant at the Anchorage Landfill (Dates TBD)


4) State-of-the-Art Natural Gas Power Plant - Anchorage (Dates TBD)






1)  Prudhoe Bay (North Slope of Alaska) - Kuparuk Oil Field Tour

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Price: Est. $800 (for round-trip Alaska Airlines flight between Anchorage and Prudhoe Bay)

Preliminary Cost Estimate - Final Price will be posted on the Conference Web-site as soon as arrangements are finalized.

Tour Capacity: 40 people


Kuparuk Operations Center and Central Processing Facility #1

ConocoPhillips will host a full-day tour of the Kuparuk Oil Field on Alaska’s North Slope, including a bus tour and likely wildlife viewing, a walking tour inside one of the oil & gas processing facilities, and an opportunity to wade in the Arctic Ocean.  The day will start with a 6:00am Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Prudhoe Bay (Deadhorse), located 250 miles north on the Arctic Circle on Alaska’s North Slope.  Participants will board a tour bus for a 35-mile drive past the northern terminus of the Trans Alaska Pipeline, through the western half of the Prudhoe Bay Field to the Kuparuk Operations Center.  Prudhoe Bay is the largest oil field ever produced in the United States, and Kuparuk is the second largest in area.  Wildlife likely to be seen while driving through the oil fields includes caribou, arctic fox, and many types of birds.  Lunch will be provided at the Kuparuk Operations Center, followed a walking tour of one of the Central Processing Facilities and a driving tour to the Seawater Treatment Plant on the shore of the Beaufort Sea.  The participants will be dropped back at the Prudhoe Bay airport around 4:00pm and will arrive back in Anchorage about 8:00pm.


2) Valdez Marine Terminal - Trans Alaska Pipeline

Thursday, August 1 to Friday August 2, 2013

Price: Est. $400 (for coach rental, accomodations and ferry charge; meals are additional)

Preliminary Cost Estimate - Final Price will be posted on the Conference Web-site as soon as arrangements are finalized.

Tour Capacity: 30 People


Ariel Photo of Valdez Marine Terminal


This overnight tour will take participants to Valdez, Alaska on the beautiful Prince William Sound to visit the southern terminus of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System.  This trip will include a spectacular ferry ride across Prince William Sound, an overnight stay in the fishing town of Valdez, a driving tour of the Valdez Marine Terminal, and a six-hour return trip from Valdez to Anchorage along one of Alaska’s most scenic routes.  The Valdez Marine Terminal occupies about 1000 acres in Port Valdez, the northern most ice-free port in the United States.  The terminal includes 18 crude oil storage tanks (14 currently in use) with a total capacity of about 9 million barrels, two deep water loading berths, as well as vapor recovery and ballast water treatment systems.

Participants will begin this trip by boarding a coach at the Hotel Captain Cook at approximately 11:00am on Thursday following the USAEE Conference.  A 90-minute bus ride along Cook Inlet’s Turnagain Arm and through the Whittier Tunnel, will be followed by a six-hour ferry ride across Prince William Sound, arriving in Valdez at 7:30pm.  A block of rooms will be reserved at one of the hotels in Valdez within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and the small boat harbor.  Friday morning, the coach will take participants to the Valdez Marine Terminal where they will meet with employees of the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (Operator of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System) for a two-hour tour of the facilities.  This trip will conclude with a coach ride back to Anchorage along the Richardson and Glenn Highways, with several stops along the route to view glaciers and purchase snacks.  The coach should arrive back at the Hotel Captain Cook around 6:00pm on Friday.


In addition, two tours are being planned in the vicinity of Anchorage:


3) A biogas project at the Anchorage landfill

At the landfill methane gas is recovered as bacteria decomposes waste. This gas is then used at a power plant to provide electricity to the Air Force and Army bases. The power plant has four 1500 kW GE Jenbacher internal combustion engine generators. These generators have been specifically designed to utilize recovered landfill methane which can various contaminants.

4) State-of-the-Art Natural Gas Power Plant

The local gas utility is currently constructing a super efficient state-of-the-art combined-cycle gas-fired plant. It will use only about three-fourths of the natural gas needed to make a kilowatt-hour compared to the best units on the system today, with significantly less emissions.


The 2013 Anchorage Conference website will be updated early in 2013 with additional information regarding all of these tours.  For general information about the conference see www.usaee.org/USAEE2013/.

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