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Keith Meyer on Jan. 10 was dismissed as president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., while a newly appointed board member, Doug Smith, was voted as the new chair of the board, the Alaska Journal of Commerce reported Jan. 10.

Meyer, who has led Alaska Gasline Development, or AGDC, since June 2016, will be replaced by Joe Dubler on an interim basis, according to the report. Dubler currently serves as executive vice president of finance and administration for the Cook Inlet Housing Authority. Dubler had also worked for AGDC as vice president of commercial operations.

Smith is succeeding Dave Cruz as board chair, with Dan Coffey serving as the board's new vice chair. Coffey was appointed to the board by Alaska Governor Michael Dunleavy at the same time as Smith.

When asked to expound on Meyer's dismissal, Smith declined to answer and called it a "personnel matter," according to the report.

AGDC recently asked for a six-month extension to work out a definitive deal with its Chinese partners for the development of the $43 billion Alaska LNG liquefaction plant and pipeline project. The project in Nikiski, Alaska, is set to have three LNG trains, two 240,000-cubic-meter storage tanks and liquefaction capacity of up to 20 million tons of LNG per year.