Alaska Aerofuel, which serves North Star
Borough areas within one hundred miles of
Fairbanks and is also contracted for remote
site work, gets its fuel from Petro Star Refinery and Flint Hills Tank Farm in North Pole.
“We pick up via tanker truck from both of
those locations; when reloading, we will travel to those locations or load product at our
own facility,” says Paul Gibson, president and
CEO, adding that the company has its own
tanks for storage. “The reasoning for this is
that time is money, and it helps with conges-
Delivering in Alaska
In addition to the effort that it takes and the
distances involved just to get trucks loaded,
fuel companies face many other challenges
as well—some of which may be unexpected.
“Of course we face weather and road conditions; for example, the road to Valdez may
be closed due to avalanches, so we constantly
monitor weather conditions which dictate
where we go and how we can do it safely,”
“Believe it or not, traffic is also a problem,”
he laughs. “In the Anchorage bowl, traffic is a
consideration in summer or winter. An inci-
dent on the Glenn Highway impacts our abil-
ity to schedule deliveries, and a tourist in the
middle of the road taking pictures of wildlife
can also slow us down.”
“Alaska weather is unpredictable and often
extreme, both on the land and seas,” agrees
Chapados. “Wintertime storms can generate
mountainous waves and heavy icing condi-
tions that pose serious safety concerns for
Petro Star’s two ocean-going charter barges,
and Cook Inlet ice formations can at times be
so severe that the US Coast Guard actually
closes the Port of Alaska to barge traffic.
“Icy roads are routine obstacles for Petro
Star’s heating oil delivery drivers, regardless
of where they are located. While delivering
fuel, the Interior’s negative 50 degree cold
snaps are equally hard on drivers and their
equipment,” he adds.
Delivering fuel in northern Alaska can
be especially grueling, not only because of
plunging temperatures but because even
the more “urban” areas are not really urban.
“Fairbanks proper is about 30,000 people;
more people live out of town than in town,”
says Gibson. “You have five miles of city congestion and the amenities of a big city—and
five miles later you can be in the middle of
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