Energy Resource Exploration & Development

AES is leading the early exploration phase of an underground coal gasification (UCG) project near Beluga, and supporting geothermal exploration on the Alaska Peninsula and Mt. Spurr.   

In addition to these non-traditional energy projects, AES has been involved in exploration for underground coal resources in the Wishbone Hill district and in the Kobuk-Kiana region, and for coal-bed-methane (CBM) in Alaska and Wyoming. Mike Belowich’s extensive experience has resulted in recent reports on the coal resources of Alaska.

AES staff have participated in hydroelectric developments including the Tyee Lake lake-tap and tunnel design in Southeast Alaska and the Terror Lake dam and tunnel project on Kodiak Island.

“Alaska is at a critical juncture. Several major mines are now in production and the State is realizing more mining jobs and revenues than ever before. We can – and must – demonstrate that exploration and mining of coal and minerals is good for rural villages, the state’s economy, and compatible with a clean and healthy environment.” Rob Retherford, President