Interior Gas Utility

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Updated: The Interior Gas Utility board of directors this morning unanimously approved an agreement to further explore an offer by a Cook Inlet natural gas-supplier. IGU’s top executive says the company has proposed to provide gas to the utility at a better price with a longer-term contract than the present arrangement with Anchorage-based Hilcorp. But that’s about all the utility’s officials would say about the proposal.


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The Interior Gas Utility board of directors agreed Tuesday to review a proposal to develop an another source of natural gas for its Fairbanks-area customers, in addition to its existing arrangement to bring Cook Inlet gas into the Interior.

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In its first regular meeting of the new year, the Interior Gas Utility board of directors approved a budget Tuesday to finance operations for the remainder of the fiscal year, swore-in a new member and elected a new chairperson and slate of officers.


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North Pole Mayor Bryce Ward is running for mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The 31-year-old construction contractor is the first candidate to declare his interest in replacing Karl Kassel, who recently decided not to seek a second term.

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The Fairbanks North Star Borough Air Pollution Control Commission decided Tuesday it can’t support an ordinance proposed by Assemblyman Lance Roberts that would promote use of a device that proponents say could offer a lower-cost means of reducing particulate emissions from woodstoves and other solid-fuel heating devices.


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The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority’s board of directors on Thursday approved selling Pentex Alaska Natural Gas Company and its assets, including Fairbanks Natural Gas, to the Interior Gas Utility.


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The Interior Gas Utility’s board of directors approved a nearly $60 million deal Tuesday to buy Pentex Alaska and its natural gas processing, storage and transportation assets. The board’s vote is the first step toward the IGU’s $346 million plan to buy and build a gas utility for the Fairbanks area. The deal now awaits final approval by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority’s board of directors.

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About 60 people showed up Thursday night to tell the Interior Gas Utility’s board of directors what they think about the IGU’s proposed $331 million deal to launch and operate a public natural-gas utility. Those who spoke expressed a range of opinions that gave board members a lot to think about as they prepare for a critical vote on the deal Tuesday.


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The Interior Gas Utility’s general manager and board chairman held the first of two sessions Tuesday intended to help the public understand the IGU’s $59.5 million proposal to buy Pentex Alaska LNG Co., the parent company of Fairbanks Natural Gas and its LNG-processing and storage facilities in Southcentral. The IGU board is scheduled to vote on the deal on Dec. 5.


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The Interior Gas Utility has scheduled a couple of public meetings for later this month to inform Fairbanks North Star Borough residents about the status of the IGU board’s proposal to buy Pentex Alaska Natural Gas Company as part of the local utility’s efforts to build a natural-gas distribution system for Fairbanks and North Pole.


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