Managing low flow on TAPS
The Trans Alaska Pipeline Systems (TAPS) transformed Alaska’s economy and strengthened the nation’s energy infrastructure. More than 2 million barrels a day once surged through TAPS.
Since that peak flow in the late 1980s, throughput has dropped. Less oil means slower-moving oil. Slower oil means colder oil. And the slower and colder the oil, the more complicated the challenges.
The following are resources that capture current and historical work aimed at understand and responding to conditions posed by declining throughput on TAPS. This data will be updated regularly.
- Trans Alaska Pipeline System: Low Flow Overview update (Sept. 2018)
- Trans Alaska Pipeline System: Low Flow Overview (Oct. 2017)
- Data: Historical throughput numbers