INEOS Reduces FPS Flow for Repairs
INEOS revealed Sunday that it has started progressively reducing the throughput of the Forties Pipeline System (FPS) to fix one of the three processing units at Kinneil.
The company said an operational issue with the main heater on train three of the pipeline system at Kinneil required “immediate repair”. INEOS expects the reduced flow to last until midday on Tuesday.
“The progressive reduction of flow through the pipeline is being managed with our customers and their offshore operations through this afternoon [Sunday],” INEOS said in a company statement posted on its website.
“A further update will be issued as we progress the repair. FPS have apologized to its customers for the inconvenience caused,” INEOS added.
Back in May, INEOS highlighted that a shutdown will take place at the FPS in mid-June 2020. The shutdown, which is expected to last for 3 weeks, is required to carry out “essential maintenance and upgrades” to the system, according to INEOS.
In February this year, INEOS revealed that it will invest $626 million (GBP 500 million) into the FPS. The company believes the investment will prolong the life of the asset by “at least” 20 years.
The 100 percent INEOS-owned FPS delivers approximately 40 percent of the UK’s oil and gas, according to INEOS’ website, which states that the FPS has played a “major role” in the development of the central North Sea since 1975. INEOS completed the acquisition of the FPS and Kinneil terminal from BP in October 2017.
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