Alyeska to cut 12 jobs

Posted: Friday, January 24, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. will eliminate 12 positions from its companywide engineering and projects department, a spokesman said.

Most of the cuts are expected to be the result of voluntary separation, company spokesman Curtis Thomas said Thursday. Two of the twelve positions are already empty and will not be filled. Employees are being offered a severance package.

Alyeska has 129 people working in its engineering and projects departments around the state. Because most of the job cuts are expected to be voluntary, it's not known which locations will be affected, Thomas said.

Last year Alyeska announced it would cut 150 jobs and 300 contract positions in a reorganization. At that time Alyeska combined its engineering and projects departments, Thomas said.

Alyeska officials are considering changing the mechanics of operating the pipeline, which could mean updating equipment and moving pump station power generation off gas-powered turbines and onto existing electrical grids.

While that action, if decided, is still years off, the move could eliminate yet more jobs, said Bill Howitt, Alyeska strategic configuration executive.

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