Neuman Applauds Dept. of Defense Syn-Fuels Initiative
|Federal Defense Energy Support Center spotlights Alaska for alternative Av Gas|
Posted: March 26, 2010
(Juneau) - House Resources Committee Co-Chair Mark Neuman, R-Su-Valley, today applauded the federal government’s efforts to secure a commitment from the State of Alaska to build an alternative fuel production facility in Alaska.
The Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative provides an anchor tenant to an in-state or large diameter gas pipeline, and can position the state as a leader in the aviation fueling industry.
The Defense Energy Support Center, located within the Dept. of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency, is working on establishing a market and supply for alternative aviation fuels. DESC has already acquired more than 700,000 gallons of synthetic fuels, derived suing the Fischer-Tropsch system. The Center recently announced a working agreement with the Air Transport Association to advance the development and deployment of alternative aviation fuels. DESC and ATA hope to identify production facility locations, with Alaska on the list.
GTL production, especially with the backing of the Dept. of Defense and ATA, would strengthen and broaden our economy and put thousands of Alaskans to work during construction and on into operation.
Neuman worked with the Governor’s Office to present the state’s case, and received a letter back from the Agency two weeks ago. Rep. Neuman is currently working on a proposal for a gas-to-liquids plant development plan. United States Navy Commander Rear Admiral Kurt Kunkel wrote that as plans move from the drawing board to identifying requirements and site selection that “if our collective actions identify the Alaska project as viable, I hope that both the DOD and the commercial aviation industry will work together to solicit for alternative aviation fuels in the Alaskan area within the coming year.”
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