Kenai gas field shows age but keeps producing
October 27, 2009
A good story by Eric Lidji at the Petroleum News tracing some of the history of the natural gas situation in Cook Inlet: The Kenai gas field started out as an oddball no one quite knew what to do with, but became an essential component of daily life and industry in Southcentral Alaska. And now, at 50, the field is like most people its age: a bit slower, but still moving. The discovery gave the Anchorage region — where two-thirds of the state’s population lives — a crucial tool for survival in the far north: a cheap, nearby source of energy. But abundant natural gas also made Southcentral dependent on the fuel, which is becoming a growing problem as fields like Kenai age and fade away and as natural gas prices locally have risen over the decades since the discovery of the field. Read more.