Ineos restarts Forties system after unexpected shutdown

Article by Adam Duckett

A feed control valve unexpectedly closed at the Kinneil facility

INEOS has restarted the UK’s Forties Pipeline after the closure of a valve forced a shutdown of the system.

The system, which has the capacity to transport around 1m bbl/d of oil and gas from more than 50 fields in the North Sea, was shut down yesterday at around 10:20 after a feed control valve closed at the Kinneil processing facility in Grangemouth.

“Automated safety systems operated as expected to safely close the main pipeline system,” the company said in a statement.

Ineos announced today that it has resolved the problem with the valve and restarted the system overnight. The company has not replied to a request for more information on what it suspects caused the valve to unexpectedly close.

Ineos bought the system from BP last year in a deal worth up to US$250m. It was forced to shut down the pipeline for several weeks in December to repair a hairline crack that was found to be leaking oil onshore.

Article by Adam Duckett

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