Enterprise has announced that repairs have been completed on its High Island Offshore System (HIOS) pipeline that was severed during Hurricane Ike in September 2008. Federal regulators, after approving Enterprise’s inspection and start-up procedures, authorized the partnership to resume full service on HIOS. The pipeline has the capacity to transport up to 1.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.
“Customers and investors alike can feel confident that our personnel expedited the repair process and managed the asset following the storm as professionally and efficiently as possible,” said Michael A. Creel, president and chief executive officer for Enterprise. “Our ability to make limited deliveries while repairs were being made to the damaged portion of the system is typical of the flexibility built into our offshore infrastructure.”
HIOS, which is owned 100 percent by an affiliate of Enterprise, consists of a 291-mile pipeline system that transports natural gas from producing fields located in the Galveston, Garden Banks, West Cameron, High Island and East Breaks areas of the Gulf of Mexico to various third-party pipeline systems. HIOS also includes eight pipeline junction and service platforms. The 42-inch diameter section of pipe that was damaged during the storm was located in approximately 130 feet of water.
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