Alaskans only have to think of their Permanent Fund Dividend check to come up with a reason to celebrate 30 years of black gold flowing through the Trans Alaska Pipeline (TAPS). British Petroleum (BP) officials said they were ?Hungry for a celebration,? so they fired up their grills at Soldotna Creek Park on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon and invited everyone from the Peninsula to join them for burgers, hotdogs and chips. ?Thirty years is always a big birthday to celebrate and we chose the warmest day to do it on,? said Steven Ramsay, BP Gas to Liquids Plant Manager in Nikiski. Ramsey lives in Kenai with his family and says things are going well at the GTL plant, ?We?re proving out our main technology that converts the gas to liquids and that?s going pretty well and we are at the stage where we are looking for commercial projects whether that will be inside or outside Alaska,? said Ramsay. He feels that TAPS has another good 50 years of service, ?Oil production on the Slope should pan out for the next 50 years and of course if we want to get the oil to market you need the pipeline.? Hundreds turned out at Soldotna Creek Park to enjoy the catered barbeque, music and some clowning around. ?A great time was had by all, it was a perfect sunny day and if BP tried to have a picnic in Scotland it would most likely rain, so a day like today must prove we?re doing something right in Alaska,? added Ramsay.
KENAI (AP) -- BP's gas-to-liquids plant in Nikiski will be powered by fuel cell technology by mid-2003, company officials said.
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