FPS Reopens After Lightning Strike

FPS Reopens After Lightning Strike
The Forties Pipeline System has reopened following a full shutdown.

INEOS confirmed on Friday that the Forties Pipeline System (FPS) has reopened following a full shutdown.

“We are currently working with our customers to sequence their production into the system,” INEOS said in a company statement on Friday.

A lightning strike in the Cruden Bay area in the early hours of October 18 caused a power surge followed by loss of power to Cruden Bay, INEOS revealed.

The company stated on Friday that all safety systems responded “accordingly” and a full FPS system shutdown occurred.

The FPS is an integrated oil and gas liquid transportation and processing system, with a nominal capacity in excess of one million barrels per day, serving the central area of the North Sea, INEOS’ website states.

Back in November 2017, INEOS completed its acquisition of the FPS and associated pipelines and facilities from BP plc.

INEOS describes itself as a global manufacturer of petrochemicals, speciality chemicals and oil products. The group comprises 34 businesses and 22,000 employees.

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