The flexjoint on the natural gas line was replaced and a temporary repair was made to the oil line to allow production to safely resume until the flexjoints could be refurbished. It is anticipated that there will be a seven-day shut-in later in the summer when the refurbished flexjoints will be installed.
"We are very pleased that Mars production has been restored," said Frank Glaviano, Gulf of Mexico East Asset Manager. " This was a very complicated and intense recovery operation, but, through the cooperation and hard work by Shell staff, our partner, BP, and our key contractors, we were able to make the repairs safely, cleanly and without undue delay."
Inspections of flexjoints at other Shell-operated TLPs have found the condition of those joints to be adequate for continued safe and efficient operation. Analysis of the flexjoint failure at Mars continues at the Oil States facilities in Arlington, Texas.
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