Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) Construction


Location: Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, Alaska

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 during the late 1960's and into 1977, when the project became operational. Upon completion, the project was the largest privately funded venture in humankind's history, requiring $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, where it will continue to do so, well into the 21st century. Between 1969 and startup of the project, Michael Baker personnel had put nearly 2.5 million man-hours in engineering civil, structural, and transportation related infrastructure for the project, including mile-by-mile pipeline design, north of the Yukon.

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