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INEOS to postpone shutting down of Forties Pipeline

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INEOS FPS has responded to requests from customers and delayed its planned summer shut down of the Forties Pipeline System. The decision has been taken in the face of the growing Corona Virus pandemic and the need to avoid bringing together large numbers of people.

INEOS will continue to work with the Government and its customers to provide more information as soon as is practical.

INEOS FPS wrote on 24 March to all its customers saying that there will be a delay to the FPS Summer Shutdown that was planned for 16 June 2020. The shutdown will not now start before August 2020 at the earliest.

INEOS is also mindful of the benefits of completing this project work to the future operation of FPS and the risks of not going ahead. However, it recognises the importance of maintaining a flow of oil and gas through FPS during the current situation. The company found that there was an overwhelming desire to delay the shutdown by its customers which it is responding to.

In the coming days, INEOS will continue to have discussions with its customers and other stakeholders to define the best dates to plan these projects.

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