LOOP Unloading First Tanker

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) has resumed pumping operations at its offshore oil port facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. The first supertanker to visit the Port since Saturday is being unloaded.

The operation was initiated following the completion of a series of successful pressure tests on the LOOP and LOCAP crude oil pipelines. The start up was delayed after an emergency generator went down earlier today. However, once generator power was restored, tanker offloading began around began at 5 P. M. and LOCAP deliveries began at 6 P.M. When commercial power is restored, LOOP and LOCAP will be capable of achieving maximum capacity.

LOOP stopped offloading tankers Saturday, August 27, 2005, in anticipation of Hurricane Katrina.