Alaska pipeline - cold case study

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  • North Slope Alaska
    • Huge reserve of oil was found in Alaska in 1968
      • Decision had to be made as to how to export the oil from such a harsh environment.
    • The Beaufort Sea was frozen for much of the year.
      • Needed to get the oil to the nearest ice-free port which was Valdez on the south coast.
    • Conservationists were against the construction because of important wildlife areas and the threat of spillage and disturbance.
    • The building of the pipeline was an engineering challenge with two main mountain ranges
      • the Brooks (1460m)
      • Alaska, to cross - over 350 streams and rivers.
    • It was decided to build a 1300km pipeline to connect the oilfield to the port.


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