Arctic Directory Sept 2023: Lynden delivers affordable housing to North Slope
As reported by Lynden News June 6, Lynden Oilfield Services wrapped up its 2023 season with record performance from the PistenBully Deadhorse team. "We have moved cargo for oil and gas projects and North Slope villages as far away as Point Lay this year which is 990 tundra trail miles roundtrip from Deadhorse and about 8 days in transit," says Roger Wilson, Business Development Manager.
The Point Lay project delivered materials for six new affordable housing units to the village. The units are critically needed as Point Lay has only 67 houses for its almost 400 residents. Five more units will be built in Kaktovik, Nuiqsut and Wainwright over the next two years to provide housing to about 50 people. Lynden Transport trucked the materials from Anchorage to Deadhorse and the PistenBully Snowcats towed them the final miles. In rural Alaska about a quarter of homes are overcrowded; in Point Lay, the rate is more than 73 percent. "Nowhere is the need for new safe, decent, and affordable housing more clear than in Point Lay," says Griffin Hagle-Forster, executive director of Taġiuġmiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority, the organization responsible for the affordable housing project.
Lynden also completed the IKO Bay P&A project which consisted of 10 loads to support a small drill rig move from Palmer, AK to the Slope. The materials were loaded directly to 53-foot platforms for Lynden Transport trucking to the North Slope where they were transferred directly to a sleigh for PistenBully towing to the remote drilling site.
"These projects are clear examples of how challenging logistics in the Arctic can be," says Paul Friese, Lynden Transport Vice President, Alaska Sales. "No one else on the planet can do this type of work in the North Slope region. Lynden's combination of relationships and leveraging our specialized equipment to do this work creates a unique One Lynden experience for our customers."