Terminal Operations

Valdez Marine Terminal

The Council monitors terminal operations and maintenance, air and water quality standards, reviews operating permits and protocols, and conducts independent research on topics such as corrosion and piping inspection technologies.

Through the work of the terminal operations program, a number of significant improvements have helped reduce environmental impacts from the terminal. 

  • Prior to 1998, large amounts of hydrocarbon vapors, including known carcinogens such as benzene, were released into the atmosphere as crude oil was loaded onto tanker ships. Work done in this program helped the Council advocate for a vapor recovery system to capture those harmful vapors. In 1998, Alyeska finished installing vapor recovery systems on its two active loading berths, eliminating the emission of those hydrocarbons. 
  • Prior to 2009, the ballast water treatment facility on the terminal was also a large source of atmospheric emissions of hydrocarbons. The reason for this was because one of the treatment stages, dissolved air flotation, was open to the atmosphere allowing hydrocarbons to escape. Through this program the Council advocated that these vapors be contained. In 2009 and 2010, Alyeska covered the dissolved air flotation tanks, eliminating this source of air contamination.

Council study reviews remote operations at Valdez Marine Terminal

Council study reviews remote operations at Valdez Marine Terminal
A recent council study looked at issues associated with the remote control operations of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s Valdez Marine ...
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Recent inspections for potential pipe corrosion at terminal show encouraging results

Causeway to Berth 4 at the Valdez Marine Terminal. Scaffolding has been installed and covered with plastic tarps to keep Alyeska's inspection crews and exposed piping dry during inspection. Photo by tom Kuckertz.
By TOM KUCKERTZ Project Manager for Terminal Operations Some of the council’s concerns regarding the unknown condition of the crude ...
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Reliability Centered Maintenance at the Valdez Marine Terminal

Reliability Centered Maintenance at the Valdez Marine Terminal
As part of the right-of-way renewal of the grant and lease for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), the Reliability Centered ...
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Seismic Studies of the Valdez Marine Terminal

Seismic Studies of the Valdez Marine Terminal
Because better seismic engineering is now available for asset protection and because the 1964 earthquake is now believed to have ...
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Dismantling, Removal, and Restoration Fund

Dismantling, Removal, and Restoration Fund
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) was constructed through the central portion of Alaska on right-of-way lands granted by federal, state, ...
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Reconfiguration of the Valdez Marine Terminal

Reconfiguration of the Valdez Marine Terminal
Declining oil production on the North Slope, along with the need to modernize and automate 30-year-old facilities, are the driving ...
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