This report describes a concept for transporting oil from the Arctic to southern markets--10,000-ton, chemically fueled air-cushion vehicles (ACV's) configured as tankers. Based on preliminary cost estimates the conceptual ACV tanker system as tailored to the transportation of Alaskan North Slope oil could deliver the oil for about the same price per barrel as the proposed trans-Alaska pipeline with only one-third of the capital investment. The report includes the description of the conceptual system and its operation; preliminary cost estimates; an appraisal of ACV tanker development; and a comparison of system costs, Versatility, vulnerability, and ecological effect with those of the trans-Alaska pipeline.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Lewis Research Center

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Cleveland, OH  United States  44135
  • Authors:
    • Anderson, J L
  • Publication Date: 1973-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 29 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00043946
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA TM X-2683 Tech Memo
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 4 1973 12:00AM