Managing low flow on TAPS
The Trans Alaska Pipeline Systems (TAPS) transformed Alaska’s economy and strengthened the nation’s energy infrastructure. More than 2 million barrels a day once surged through TAPS.
Since that peak flow in the late 1980s, throughput has dropped. Less oil means slower-moving oil.
Slower oil means colder oil. And the slower and colder the oil, the more complicated the challenges.
The following are resources that capture current and historical work aimed at understand andresponding to conditions posed by declining throughput on TAPS. This data will be updated regularly.
- A summary: Low flow on TAPS
- Data: Historical throughput numbers
- 2009 Study: Trans-Alaska Pipeline System Low Flow Plan Summary
2011 Study: Low Flow Impact Study