- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Methanol will soon be transported through the Port of Anchorage as Delta Western begins construction on a new tank to hold the fuel and a truck rack to distribute it.

Port officials had to open the record books to determine when the last construction project broke ground at the facility, and director Steve Riuffo says they got to the 70s without finding anything, KTVA reports (https://bit.ly/1DO7Luj).

“We’ve never had construction to the magnitude we’re going to have it and for as long as it’s going to take these guys to do this, so we’ll all need to cooperate and make this a success,” Ribuffo said.

Delta Western president Kirk Payne says methanol is in demand among residents of the North Slope, and that transporting it by ship is cheaper and faster than the current method of going by train.

The port has never transported methanol before.

“This makes the most sense of anywhere in Alaska to do business because of the infrastructure and because of the feeder routes to get to other parts of the state,” Payne explained.

The project is expected to be completed in the fall, bringing the company’s total number of Alaska fuel terminals to an even dozen.

Failed renovation and expansion projects have made times tough for the port.

“In spite of all the different kinds of press we’ve had on this - good, bad, indifferent - the private sector appreciates the value of this port and is willing to make an investment for the future,” he said.

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Information from: KTVA-TV, https://www.ktva.com

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