Forties Pipeline System Now Fully Operational
The Forties Pipeline System is now fully operational following repair work on the asset, Ineos has confirmed.
All restrictions on the flow of oil and gas from platforms feeding into the pipeline system have been lifted and virtually all platforms are now online, Ineos said in a company statement. The Ineos processing facility at Kinneil has also restarted.
“Ineos has completed work on the pipeline as quickly as possible with safety as its highest priority,” Ineos stated on its website.
“We apologize to our customers and the local community for the issues that the pipeline closure has created,” Ineos added.
A controlled shutdown of the FPS was implemented on December 11 after a hairline crack was found in the system at Red Moss, south of Aberdeen. Late last month, Ineos predicted that repair work on the pipeline would complete around Christmas.
Ineos completed its acquisition of the Forties Pipeline System and associated pipelines and facilities from BP plc in November 2017.
The Forties pipeline was opened in 1975 to transport oil from BP’s Forties field, the UK’s first major offshore oilfield. In 2016, the pipeline’s average daily throughput was 445,000 barrels of oil and 3,500 tons of raw gas per day.
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