Monday, 11 December 2017

Major oil and gas pipeline to be shut down for repairs



The Forties pipeline, which carries 40% of North Sea oil and gas, is to be shut down to repair a crack in the pipe, operator Ineos said.
 
Ineos said a small hairline crack was found last week during a routine inspection south of Aberdeen.
 
 
A cordon was set up and residents placed in temporary accommodation while the pipeline pressure was reduced and a full assessment made.


Ineos said in a statement: "Despite reducing the pressure the crack has extended, and as a consequence the incident management team has now decided that a controlled shutdown of the pipeline is the safest way to proceed.


"This will allow for a suitable repair method to be worked up based on the latest inspection data, while reducing the risk of injury to staff and the environment.


"As always, safety remains our top priority and local residents, Forties Pipeline System users and other stakeholders are all being kept fully informed of the situation as it develops."


Ineos said that up to now, no oil or gas seepage had been detected and that the pipe was being closely monitored.
 
 
The crack in the three-foot wide pipe has widened to 155mm (6 inches), the company said.


Ineos director Tom Crotty told the Press Association that the work would probably take a "couple of weeks" but he did not believe there would be any impact on the public.


Additional oil and gas will instead be shipped in from overseas.




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