Built from pure Alaska grit, determination and ingenuity, the 800-mile Trans Alaska Pipeline System is one of the world's largest pipeline systems. It’s an engineering icon that starts in Prudhoe Bay on Alaska’s North Slope and travels through rugged and beautiful terrain to Valdez, the northernmost ice-free port in North America. More than half of the pipeline runs above ground, an engineering decision made due to Alaska’s prevalent permafrost terrain. Since pipeline startup on June 20, 1977, Alyeska Pipeline (TAPS’ operator) has successfully transported more than 17 billion barrels of oil and loaded more than 22,000 tankers at the Valdez Marine Terminal. TAPS is a testament to the great Alaska spirit that has written our state’s history and is leading Alaska into the future. Workers operated in some of the toughest conditions to build the pipeline, and that true grit and resiliency remains today. Through bitter winters, powerful earthquakes, clouds of mosquitos, wildfires or 10-foot seas, Alyeska and its people are committed to safely operating TAPS 24/7, and protecting Alaska’s unique environment, culture and natural resources.

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Alyeska President Tom Barrett writes, “Many people have stories about the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. Maybe they helped build TAPS more than 40 years ago. Maybe their family took advantage of those boom days and launched a business. Maybe they’re among the Alyeska workforce now, team members united by a mission of safely moving Alaska’s oil every day.” "At Alyeska, the pipeline story reverberates with purpose, innovation, pride and performance. It’s a story of transforming Alaska’s communities and economy. As we head into 2017 – our 40th anniversary of operations – we can reflect on the positive impact TAPS had on Alaska and Alaskans, and we look forward to shaping our future and Alaska's future for continued success." "This 2016 Sustainability report provides data on performance, snapshots of some of our people, and a look at our work to remain a resilient, sustainable organization well into the future. When TAPS was built, no one anticipated it would be around for 40 years, yet here we are. And as long as Alaska wants us to go to work, we will proudly rise to the occasion." Test


  • The pipeline was built for $8 billion and it was entirely privately funded. It was the largest privately funded project of its kind.
  • At peak flow in 1988, 11 pump stations helped to move 2.1 million barrels of oil a day.
  • Throughput in 2016 averaged 517,868 barrels a day with four active pump stations. The 2016 average marked the first increase in TAPS throughput since 2002.
  • The pipeline brought 77,000 jobs to Alaska during construction and helped many Alaska businesses thrive. Today, more than 96 percent of the Alyeska workforce lives in Alaska and 70 percent of TAPS contractor companies are based in Alaska.
  • There are 42 gallons in a barrel of oil.
  • The highest elevation on TAPS is at Atigun Pass (4,739 feet).
  • Alyeska is committed to providing job opportunities for Alaska Native people. About 20 percent of Alyeska employees and contractors are Alaska Native.
  • TAPS crosses three major mountain passes (the Brooks, the Alaska and the Chugach), three major fault lines, 34 major rivers and streams and nearly 500 smaller waterways.