Utilities, gas producers beef up their systems 

By Tim Bradner at the Alaska Journal of Commerce: Utilities and natural gas producers in Southcentral Alaska are beefing up their systems to get ready for winter.

Owners of the Beluga gas field, which supplies fuel to Chugach Electric Association’s Beluga power plant, are adding a new compressor unit to offset the effect of declining gas production and Chugach itself is changing the configuration of piping in a gas-inlet unit to allow the power plant to take gas at lower pressures.

This allows the plant to continue normal operation if there is an upset in gas supply and pressure drops in the system, Chugach spokesman Phil Steyer said. Read more

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