Alaska Gov. Bill Walker remained upbeat, even optimistic over his state’s massive liquefied natural gas LNG export project proposal, Alaska LNG, for years, even as global oil and gas prices tanked, reaching multi-year lows, even as all of its original partners, including ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, and BP pulled out – leaving the state, under the umbrella of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC), being the sole project partner. Walker’s goal of replacing depleted state government coffers, amid dwindling oil production due to maturing fields and corresponding and politically charged budget deficits, saw the state’s highest executive fly to Asia and notably China several times to drum up support for the beleaguered project. Walker was also part of the entourage that accompanied President Trump on his trade mission to Beijing in November, while he secured a non-binding preliminary agreement from Chinese state-owned oil major Sinopec Group and Bank of China to […]