Operator Ineos has now confirmed the Forties pipeline has returned to full working capacity.
The company said: “All restrictions on the flow of oil and gas from platforms feeding into the pipeline system have been lifted, and virtually all platforms are now online.”
Ineos shut the pipeline on 11 December after discovering a hairline crack in the pipe just south of Aberdeen. Following the announcement of the controlled shutdown, Brent prices spiked not only because the pipeline carries some 450 000 bpd, but also because Ineos said that the repair would take “weeks rather than days.”
The Forties pipeline carries some 40 – 45% of the UK’s liquids production and more than 80 fields feed into the pipeline.
“Ineos confirms the Forties Pipeline System is fully operational,” operator Ineos AG said on Saturday in a statement. “All restrictions on the flow of oil and gas from platforms feeding into the pipeline system have been lifted and virtually all platforms are now on line.”
The completion of repair work and the reopening of the pipeline system, commonly known as FPS, means the network can resume operations as normal heading into the new year.
The Kinneil processing plant linked to the pipeline has now restarted and all products are in specification, Ineos said.
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