LAPP Resources, Inc.
(Updated May 17, 2006)
LAPP Resources, Inc. is an Alaska-owned independent energy exploration and production
company based in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. We are active
in natural gas exploration and development, and are also evaluating
several wind energy sites in Alaska. Favorable wind sites will be
instrumented, monitored, and developed as new wind farms.
Wind Energy Projects
Alaska has many favorable wind energy sites, but most are distant from
large electrical power markets. Alaska has about 200 independent electric
grids serving isolated villages. Most villages are dependent on diesel
fuel for their electrical and heating needs. Higher oil prices in 2006
have meant hardship for many rural residents. In some cases this fuel is flown
to the village due to the lack of other transportation options, adding to the
already high fuel costs. Village-scale wind energy development may be an
answer to high energy prices for villages in windy areas. The following
map was published in 2006 by the US Department of Energy National Renewable
Energy Laboratory based on annual wind power estimates made by
Rural Alaska Gas Project
LAPP Resources is conducting economic and geological studies in a number
of areas of rural Alaska to quantify the smallest market which could be
economically served by locally-produced natural gas. In conjunction with
others interested in rural Alaska natural gas development, LAPP Resources
has helped to pass new state legislation to allow low-cost access to and
development drilling on State-owned land in rural Alaska. Regulatory changes
were also made to reduce the cost of regulatory compliance without reducing
environmental protections. Under previous
State rules, regulatory costs could exceed the cost of drilling shallow wells,
making many small projects uneconomic. More needs to be done in this regard
to make small projects and shallow wells viable. In several areas of Alaska,
shallow water wells also produce useful amounts of natural gas. The following
image shows natural gas being flared from a shallow gas well at Houston, Alaska.
Remote Sensing for Energy
We are researching low-cost exploration technologies which may be applicable
to Alaska, and have completed a remote sensing research project, supported by the Alaska
Science and Technology Foundation and a rural electric co-operative, Naknek
Electric Association. The following Landsat image shows the
Naknek region from Lake Iliamna in the north, Bristol Bay in the southwest,
and Becharof Lake in the south. The southeast corner of fhe image shows
the Pacific Ocean at Paule Bay. The Naknek River flows through the center
of the image west from Naknek Lake to Bristol Bay. The Bristol Bay region
is the focus of the State's newest lease sale, where several oil and gas
leases were sold.
Independent Oil and Gas Activities in Alaska
LAPP Resources is promoting Alaska as a favorable exploration and production
destination for independent petroleum companies. LRI is one of the three
founding members of the "Royalty Owners and Independents for Alaska, Inc.
"(ROI for Alaska), a group formed by local independents to support independent
development of Alaska's hydrocarbon resources. ROI for Alaska's founders
are Paul Craig (Trading Bay Energy), David Lappi (LAPP Resources), and
Erik Opstad (Polar Energy) incorporated the organization in December, 1995.
David W. Lappi, President
LAPP Resources, Inc.
10600 Prospect Drive
Anchorage, AK 99507-6494
Telephone: +1 907 248-7188
Mr. Lappi's resume may be viewed by clicking here
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