The Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline Pump Station just north of the Brooks Range.
An aerial view of the Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline pump station just north of the Brooks Range. Alyeska Pipeline Service Company is operating the 800 mile long oil pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez
An aerial view of the Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline and the Dalton Highway in the Brooks Range. Alyeska Pipeline Service Company is operating the 800 mile long oil pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, Alaska. From Valdez in Prince William Sound the crude oil is shipped to west coast refineries. .The oil pipeline is operated by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. In the 1980's at the peak oil flows, a barrel of oil made the trip from prudhoe Bay to Valdez in four days. Today it takes 13 days. The slower flow causes the crude oil temperature to cool faster. At some point, the crude oil temperture will dip below the freezing point of water un-less the oilis reheated inside the oil pipeline.With lower crude oil temperture, ice and wax may start to coat the inside of the oil pipeline.The oil pipeline has transported more than 15 billion barrels of crude oil.The peak oil flow was roughly 2,100,000 barrels per day through the pipeline. Today the oil pipeline transport about 700,000 barrels of North Slope crude oil from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez. daily. With new design upgrades, the pipeline should be able to transport as littel as 300,000 barrels of oil per day.