Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Jobs
If it's built, the new Alaska gas pipeline (also know as the Alaska Highway Pipeline) will run approximately 2,140 miles from Prudhoe Bay to Alberta, Canada. From there up to 4 billion cubic feet of Prudhoe Bay natural gas per day will enter the United States' existing pipeline infrastructure. The estimated cost of building the Alaska natural gas pipeline is more than $20 billion dollars!
Project proponents and planners have long ago begun the initial research and project definition. Public input is being gathered in Alaska and discussions will be held in Washington, D.C., Canada, and beyond too. As was the case with the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline, the Alaska Highway Pipeline will require environmental studies, permitting, rights-of-way, contracts and, if ultimately approved, the purchase of pipe and equipment and hiring of employees.
Former Alaska governor Frank Murkowski touted the fact, and his successor and former governor Sarah Palin continued to promote, that the natural gas pipeline project will em ploy 9,300 people at its peak and require 54 million man hours to complete. The governor is banking on jobs for Alaskans and has already committed to spending millions of dollars on workforce training programs. If past history is any indication then there will be plenty of jobs for non-Alaskans and definitely Canadians too.
The workers will often be in very remote regions of Alaska, meaning that employers will pay for transportation, lodging, and most likely your food as well. In addition to highly competitive hourly wages and salaries there will be lots of overtime and hazard pay for many. The Alaska gas pipeline will create tremendous job opportunities for skilled and unskilled workers, from engineers to welders and heavy equipment operators.
If the Alaska gas pipeline is built, it's possible that gas will start flowing in 2016.
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Keep an eye on JobMonkey as the project picks up steam over the years. We will have all the gas jobs information that is available so you can take advantage of the opportunity.