INEOS to Postpone Forties Pipeline System Shutdown

HOUSTON (P&GJ) — UK pipeline operator INEOS FPS has delayed its planned shutdown of the Forties Pipeline System (FPS) until Spring 2021.

The decision has been taken in the face of the ongoing government restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic and in the interests of providing clarity to its customers and the UK Oil and Gas Industry, it said, adding that a majority of customers favored.  The shutdown was originally planned for June 16, 2020.

“INEOS FPS has written to all its customers saying that there will be a delay to the FPS Summer Shutdown that was planned for June 2020. The shutdown will now be scheduled for Spring 2021,” the company said in a statement. It said it will announce the date of the shutdown to its customers as soon as possible. 

The FPS is a 100% INEOS-owned integrated oil and gas liquid transportation and processing system with a nominal capacity of over 600,000 bpd serving the central area of the North Sea in both the UK and Norway.

FPS transports crude oil and gas liquids from offshore and onshore entry points, processes the liquids at Kinneil and redelivers Forties Blend crude oil at Hound Point and either raw gas or fractionated gas products at Grangemouth.

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