GOM's Independence Hub Due for Planned Maintenance

The Independence Hub, the deepest platform in the Gulf of Mexico and the largest offshore natural gas processing facility, will be shut in for brief maintenance, according to Reuters.

The natural gas platform, operated by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, is expected to shut in next week for about four days of planned work, the platform’s majority owner, Enterprise Products Partners LP, said Wednesday.

"We don't know exactly what date, but we expect it will be next week. We're going to suspend deliveries and the pipeline should be down for about four days while we conduct some maintenance to evaluate repairs that were done to the flex joint last month," Enterprise spokesman, Rick Rainey, said.

The platform, which has a full production capacity of about 1 billion cubic feet per day, or about 12% of U.S. offshore natural gas production in the Gulf, was shut in early April for two months after a leak was discovered on the associated Independence Trail pipeline.

"Once (the evaluations) are completed, we expect that volumes will ramp up quickly to more than 800 million cubic feet per day," Rainey added.

Enterprise owns the Independence Trail pipeline and is 80% owner of the platform, with Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. owning the remaining 20%.