- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The latest on efforts to advance a liquefied natural gas project the state of Alaska is pursuing with partners (all times local):

6:40 p.m.

The partners in a major liquefied natural gas project have voted to approve a work program and budget for the coming year.

Miles Baker is a spokesman for the state-sanctioned Alaska Gasline Development Corp. He says the vote came Thursday evening.

Earlier in the day, the corporation’s board voted to authorize staff to vote to approve the work program for 2016 and to put up money appropriated by the state for the corporation’s share of the costs. That is roughly $60 million.

The corporation, known as AGDC, holds the state’s interest in several components of the project, which is still in a preliminary stage.

The state is pursuing the project with BP, Exxon Mobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips.

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1:18 p.m.

The Alaska Gasline Development Corp.’s board has voted to approve a work program and budget for the major gas line project the state is pursuing.

The board met briefly Thursday morning before taking an hours-long recess.

Corporation spokesman Miles Baker said Gov. Bill Walker’s administration was working on agreements with the other project partners and wanted time to continue working on those.

The unanimous vote came when the meeting resumed. The state-sanctioned corporation holds Alaska’s interest in various project components.

Walker has sought assurances from producer partners BP, ConocoPhillips and Exxon Mobil Corp. that they could not withhold their gas from a project if they no longer are involved.

The board’s vote came ahead of a meeting of the project partners on a work plan and budget for next year.

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9:46 a.m.

The board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. plans to meet Thursday afternoon to consider approving a work program and budget for the state’s share of work on a major proposed gas project.

The board met briefly Thursday morning before recessing. The corporation, known as AGDC, holds Alaska’s interest in several project components.

AGDC spokesman Miles Baker says Gov. Bill Walker’s administration has been working on agreements with the other project partners and wanted time to continue working on those.

Walker has wanted assurances from producer partners BP, ConocoPhillips and Exxon Mobil Corp. that they could not withhold their gas from a project if they no longer are involved.

The board’s vote is expected before a meeting of the project partners on a work plan and budget for next year.

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