Trans-Alaska Pipeline System Construction


Location: Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, AK

Considered by many to be one of the great engineering and construction feats in history, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline was a crowning achievement for Michael Baker International during the late 1960s and into 1977, when the project became operational. Upon completion, the project was the largest privately funded venture in history, costing $7.7 billion to design and build. The 48-inch oil pipeline was designed to bring two million barrels of crude from Prudhoe Bay, on Alaska's North Slope, 789 miles south to the port of Valdez. It continues to do so today. Between 1969 and 1977, Michael Baker personnel had put nearly 2.5 million man-hours into engineering civil, structural, and transportation-related infrastructure for the project, including mile-by-mile pipeline design north of the Yukon.

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