Ineos FPS confirmed on Tuesday it will delay its planned summer shutdown of the Forties Pipeline System at Cruden Bay and at the Unit platform due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The operator said the decision has been taken based on the need to avoid bringing together large numbers of people, Kallanish Energy reports.
The shutdown of the crucial North Sea oil and gas transportation system was planned for June 16th. It will now not start before August, the company said in a statement after discussions with customers and the government.
“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,” a spokesman said. “However, it recognizes 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,” he added.
Ineos will meet with customers using the pipeline system to discuss the best dates to plan these projects, the spokesman said.
The 310-mile long FPS transports and process over 600,000 barrels per day of oil and gas liquids, serving the central area of the North Sea in both the UK and Norway. The network transports around 30% of the UK’s oil to shore.
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