29th USAEE Conference
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Kuparuk Oil Field Tour

Prudhoe Bay (North Slope of Alaska)

Date:  July 27, 2013, Saturday

Price: $900 (includes round-trip Alaska Airlines flight between Anchorage and Prudhoe Bay)


Reservation Deadline: Wednesday, May 31.

Tour Capacity: 40 people

Sponsored by ConocoPhillips and American Petroleum Institute

Kuparuk Operations Center and Central Processing Facility #1

ConocoPhillips will host a full-day tour of the Kuparuk Oil Field on Alaska's North Slope, including a bus tour and likely wildlife viewing, a walking tour inside one of the oil & gas processing facilities, and an opportunity to wade in the Arctic Ocean. The day will start with a 6:00am Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Prudhoe Bay (Deadhorse), located 250 miles north on the Arctic Circle on Alaska's North Slope. Participants will board a tour bus for a 35-mile drive past the northern terminus of the Trans Alaska Pipeline, through the western half of the Prudhoe Bay Field to the Kuparuk Operations Center. Prudhoe Bay is the largest oil field ever produced in the United States, and Kuparuk is the second largest in area. Wildlife likely to be seen while driving through the oil fields includes caribou, arctic fox, and many types of birds. Lunch will be provided at the Kuparuk Operations Center, followed a walking tour of one of the Central Processing Facilities and a driving tour to the Seawater Treatment Plant on the shore of the Beaufort Sea. The participants will be dropped back at the Prudhoe Bay airport around 4:00pm and will arrive back in Anchorage about 8:00pm.

Trans Alaska Pipeline

Valdez Marine Terminal

Date:  Thursday, August 1 to Friday, August 2, 2013

Price: Single Occupancy: $425, Double Occupancy: $350 (for coach rental, accomodations and ferry charge; meals are additional)


Reservation Deadline: Friday, June 7.

Tour Capacity: 30 people

Arial Photo of Valdez Marine Terminal

This overnight tour will take participants to Valdez, Alaska on the beautiful Prince William Sound to visit the southern terminus of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. This trip will include a spectacular ferry ride across Prince William Sound, an overnight stay in the fishing town of Valdez, a driving tour of the Valdez Marine Terminal, and a six-hour return trip from Valdez to Anchorage along one of Alaska's most scenic routes. The Valdez Marine Terminal occupies about 1000 acres in Port Valdez, the northern most ice-free port in the United States. The terminal includes 18 crude oil storage tanks (14 currently in use) with a total capacity of about 9 million barrels, two deep water loading berths, as well as vapor recovery and ballast water treatment systems.

Participants will begin this trip by boarding a coach at the Hotel Captain Cook at approximately 11:00am on Thursday following the USAEE Conference. A 90-minute bus ride along Cook Inlet's Turnagain Arm and through the Whittier Tunnel, will be followed by a six-hour ferry ride across Prince William Sound, arriving in Valdez at 7:30pm. A block of rooms will be reserved at one of the hotels in Valdez within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and the small boat harbor. Friday morning, the coach will take participants to the Valdez Marine Terminal where they will meet with employees of the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (Operator of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System) for a two-hour tour of the facilities. This trip will conclude with a coach ride back to Anchorage along the Richardson and Glenn Highways, with several stops along the route to view glaciers and purchase snacks. The coach should arrive back at the Hotel Captain Cook around 6:00pm on Friday.

We are aware that most delegates will make reservations for single occupancy to attend this tour. Please contact Roger Marks should you wish to book double occupancy.

Anchorage Local Combined Tour: A biogas project at the Anchorage landfill and State-of-the-Art Natural Gas Power Plant

Date:  Saturday July 27 from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Price: $35

Tour Capacity: 30

This will be a local tour in Anchorage on Saturday afternoon July 27th to see a biogas project at the Anchorage landfill, and a recently completed state-of-the-art power plant. At the landfill methane gas is recovered as bacteria decomposes waste. This gas is then used at a power plant to provide electricity to the Air Force and Army bases. The power plant has four 1500 kW GE Jenbacher internal combustion engine generators. These generators have been specifically designed to utilize recovered landfill methane which can various contaminants. The local gas utility has recently completed construction of a super efficient state-of-the-art combined-cycle gas-fired plant. It will use only about three-fourths of the natural gas needed to make a kilowatt-hour compared to the best units on the system today, with significantly less emissions.

Alaska Native Heritage Center

Date:  July 30th, Tuesday

Price: Complimentary

Join us Tuesday, July 30th for an evening filled with culture and tradition at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Anchorage celebrates Native Alaskans in the place they still call home, giving guests a unique and eventful experience. The Center brings that diverse expanse of culture into one place where guests can see and understand what really makes “the land of the midnight sun” a special place to live.

When you arrive do not expect to be sitting for very long! Delegates will want to grab a drink and take part in Alaska’s rich history by visiting the six village site Native dwellings that represent the eleven major cultural groups. As you walk around Lake Tiulana you will get a glimpse of what it would have been like growing up in a Native Alaskan home where seeing whale bones in the front yard was a frequent occurrence.

Enjoy the reception and drink in what the Alaska Native Heritage Center has to offer. The Hall of Cultures will be open, allowing delegates to take part in interactive exhibits as well as view Alaskan artifacts, box drums, baleen and grass baskets, modern art and more, all from the major culture groups of Alaska. Local artisans display their various art forms for delegates to purchase or simply take in the beauty. The Gift Shop will be open as well, for those who want to take home a little piece of the experience.

Delegates will be able to enjoy a Native Alaskan dance performance during the reception. The dance is the perfect chance for delegates to experience the culture and history of the traditional Native Alaskans still alive today. This is a highlight of the event and should not be missed.

The Olympic Games may have taken place this summer, but that is old news compared to what delegates will see at the Native Games Demonstration. Delegates will watch as contenders play traditional Native Alaskan games such as the One Foot High Kick, the One Hand Reach, the Stick Pull, and more. This event gives you a chance to sit, enjoy the show, and interact with other delegates.

We look forward to you getting the chance to experience the culture and tradition at the Center during the conference.

Watch a video provided by the Alaska Native Heritage Center.  Click to view video.


Anchorage Market & Festival

3rd Ave. Between C & E Street

Open Every Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 6pm

Price: Complimentary

Some 300 vendors flood Alaska's leading outdoor market every summer weekend, creating a buzz.  This is a great place to go for handcrafted goods (with the largest selection of Made in Alaska items anywhere), Alaskan souvenirs, and lots to eat.  Free entertainment, from dancers to comedians, means fun for all.








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