GOM Pipeline Damaged by Hurricane Back On Line in March

HOUSTON (Dow Jones Newswires), Feb. 19, 2009

A segment of a U.S. Gulf of Mexico natural gas pipeline damaged by Hurricane Ike will be put back in service March 1, Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) said Wednesday afternoon.

While repairs were being made to the Auger pipeline, flows from the Eugene Island 33 platform were rerouted through a temporarily reversed section of the Poseidon pipeline.

Last week, the U.S. Minerals Management Service reported that about 9.2% of crude oil and 12.8% of natural gas output was still offline following Ike, which struck Sept. 13, 2008.

"It is expected that the majority of the remaining oil production shut-in will be restored by late March 2009," the MMS said in a press release.  

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