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Corps Tentatively Selects Plan for Deep-Water Port in Nome



February 23, 2015
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(SitNews) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District released a draft feasibility report and environmental assessment Friday that tentatively selects a plan to establish a deep-water port in Nome to support increased vessel traffic and economic development in the Arctic.

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In 2012, the Corps launched the Alaska Deep-Draft Arctic Port System Study to evaluate potential locations on the northern and western coasts of the state, and determine the feasibility of constructing navigation improvements as part of a larger system of port facilities in the Arctic and sub-Arctic region.

The study’s findings identify a tentatively selected plan that will address the need for enhanced marine infrastructure to support the offshore oil and gas industry, search and rescue, and oil spill response.

Proposed improvements for the Port of Nome include demolition of the existing spur breakwater at the end of the causeway, construction of a 2,150-foot causeway extension and 450-foot dock, as well as dredging the newly-created protected area and associated entrance channel to 28 feet.

Currently, the estimated cost of this federal project is $150 million. Additional expenses associated with the construction of local service facilities, which include docks, mooring dolphins, utilities and security gates, are projected at $61 million.

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said in a prepared statement, “I commend the Corps of Engineers for its thoughtful and well-researched report identifying Nome as the site to develop an Arctic port that could mean a lot for jobs on the Seward Peninsula and the infrastructure to support our nation’s Arctic future."

“Though this is just one step, it is what I am looking for out of this administration to leverage our role and responsibility as an Arctic Nation, and invest accordingly. We know other countries are making plans to seize the opportunities presented in the Arctic, and we must do the same," said Murkowski.

The public review period for this report is scheduled through Mar. 23. Comments may be submitted by email to:

Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


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