The North Sea’s main oil and gas pipeline system, the Forties Pipeline System, has reopened after resolving an feed control valve issue on Wednesday that triggered the shutdown of the system, owner and operator Ineos confirmed on Thursday.
The start-up of the Forties Pipeline System is now underway following the successful resolution of the issue on Wednesday, according to Ineos’ statement.
The flow of oil stopped in line with the automated safety system after a problem was discovered at one of the feed control valves at the pipeline’s Kinniel facility on Wednesday morning.
The pipeline, which delivers around 450,000 barrels of oil per day, was previously shut in mid-December for about three weeks to carry out repairs after the discovery of a hairline crack in the pipe at Red Moss near Netherley, just south of Aberdeen.
By Firdevs Yuksel