INEOS Forties Pipeline System Media Update

Last week during a routine inspection INEOS contractors discovered a small hairline crack in the pipe at Red Moss near Netherley, just south of Aberdeen.

A repair and oil spill response team was mobilised on Wednesday, December 6, after a very small amount of oil seepage was reported. Measures to contain the seepage were put in place, no oil has been detected entering the environment and the pipe has been continuously monitored.

A 300 metre cordon was set-up and a small number of local residents were placed in temporary accommodation as precautionary measure.

The pipeline pressure was reduced while a full assessment of the situation was made.

Despite reducing the pressure the crack has extended, and as a consequence the Incident Management Team has now decided that a controlled shutdown of the pipeline is the safest way to proceed.

    Following controlled shutdown of the Forties Pipeline System on Monday 11th December, INEOS engineers and technicians continue to assess the latest inspection data from the small hairline crack in the pipeline at Red Moss near Netherley, south of Aberdeen.

A number of repair options are currently being considered and progressed. At this stage, it is still too early to say how quickly the repair will take at this point but it is expected to be a matter of weeks rather than days.

For the time being, the 300 metre cordon set-up at the site remains in place.

The results of the inspections will determine how long the precautionary safety cordon has to remain in place.

Safety remains our highest priority and local residents, FPS customers and other stakeholders are all being kept fully informed of the situation as it develops.

We continue to work closely with Government and other stakeholders including the local authorities to minimise the impact of the closure as far as possible on communities, our customers and the country.

We apologise to our customers and communities for the issues that this creates.

Source / More: INEOS

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