Shell has closed the Tarpon section of the Sea Shoal pipeline off the coast of Louisiana to investigate the possibility of a leak. The Tarpon pipeline section, which has a capacity of 146,000 barrels per day (bpd), was shut over the weekend after a ship dragged an anchor over a pipeline in the area and a petrochemical sheen was reported in the vicinity of the pipe, said a Shell spokesperson. The company said they are not sure if there is any other damage or if any other pipelines are affected. The length of the Tarpon section shutdown was unknown.
The Tarpon section was scheduled to deliver 53,319 barrels of crude oil per day in the month of June. The Sea Shoal pipeline feeds Benito and Louisiana Light Sour crude oil into the Capline pipeline system.