Pipeline
It's Official

Alaska becomes the 49th state.

1959

A Uniting Force

AOGA is established to foster the long-term viability of the oil and gas industry for the benefits of all Alaskans.

1966

Eureka!

Oil is discovered at Prudhoe Bay.

1968

Putting it all on the Line

Plans are announced to build the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). First load of pipe arrives in Valdez from Japan.

1969

Coming Together

Owner companies of the pipeline incorporate to form Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.

1970

Low Fuel: High Demand

Nationwide gas shortage fuels urgency for domestic oil production.

1973

Blazing Trails

Haul Road construction begins at Prudhoe Bay and the Yukon River to offer a supply route for the pipeline and oil fields.

1974

A Groundbreaking First

The first pipe is laid at Tonsina River, north of Valdez.

1975

Grit Meets Ingenuity

Pipeline construction is complete and first oil flows from Prudhoe Bay on June 20th.

1977

Flowing Strong

The one billionth barrel of oil arrives at Valdez.

1980

More Perks of Living in Alaska

469,740 Alaskans receive first PFD.

1982

Summiting the Peak

Production peaks at 2.1 million barrels per day.

1988

Exxon Valdez

The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurs.

1989

A New Era in Safety

First double-hull Alaska class tanker begins service for BP.

2004

Still Flowing Strong

The 15 billionth barrel of oil transported through TAPS arrives at Valdez.

2005

A New Chapter Begins

Alaska celebrates the 40th anniversary of TAPS and production at Prudhoe Bay.

2017

40 Years Prudhoe Bay Logo

A CELEBRATION OF SPIRIT

Today, we're celebrating more than rigs and pipelines. We're celebrating something that connects all Alaskans and sets this state apart from every other place on Earth. The grit, determination and ingenuity that made Prudhoe Bay, and many other incredible feats, possible. Join us as we take a look back in time to honor the great Alaska spirit that has written our history and will lead us into the future.

15 billionth barrel transported throught TAPS

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15 billionth barrel transported throught TAPS

Few Facts, But Lots of Faith

Harry Jamison, the geologist recognized as the key figure in discovering oil on the North Slope, fights to give Prudhoe Bay a chance.
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The Naked Truth

Workers get creative in ways to entertain themselves, but safety first!
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Tune In Next Time

No spoilers! It was no easy feat getting popular TV shows at pipeline camps, let alone the 1974 World Series.
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Women At Work

Melva Miller joined the pipeline for the same reason as many men. Money and adventure.
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