Beginning this week, We Alaskans magazine will publish an occasional feature in which we try to offer some perspective on an Alaska topic through some of the numbers surrounding it.
We start with what many consider Alaska's greatest engineering feat, the trans-Alaska oil pipeline that secured the economic future of the 49th state by moving more than 17 billion barrels of oil from the North Slope to waiting tankers in Valdez to date.
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800: Length of pipeline in miles
17 billion: Barrels of oil that have moved through pipeline to date
2.03 million: Most barrels per day to move through pipeline, in 1988
557,539: Year to date average of barrels of oil moving through the pipeline in 2017 — up about 50,000 from last year
517,868: Barrels per day to move through the pipeline in 2016
55: Percent grade at its steepest point, in Thompson Pass
4,739: In feet, the highest elevation reached by pipeline — in Atigun Pass
380: Miles of buried pipeline
38: Months needed to build pipeline
8 billion: Dollars needed to build pipeline
48: Diameter of the pipe in inches
70,000: Estimated number of workers to construct pipeline
12,000: Tankers escorted through Prince William Sound in 40 years
22: Hours, on average, tankers need for berthing, offloading ballast, loading crude and setting sail again
3: Mountain ranges crossed by pipeline — Brooks Range, Alaska Range, Chugach Range
285,000: Gallons of oil spilled near Livengood in 2001 when Daniel Lewis put a bullet hole in the pipeline. Cleanup costs exceeded $13 million. Lewis was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
148: Total duration in hours of the longest shutdown in pipeline history. A leak at Pump Station 1 prompted the shutdown starting Jan. 8, 2011. Line was restarted to keep oil flowing before a second shutdown to complete repairs.
13 million: Reduction of crude production, in barrels, in the 13-day stretch of 1989 from when Exxon Valdez went aground in Prince William Sound to when it was refloated.
SOURCES: Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., The Associated Press