Ineos presses ahead with crude pipeline repairs

LONDON (Reuters) — Ineos said repairs to Britain’s Forties crude pipeline were underway on Wednesday, after a crack was found that closed the pipeline on Dec. 11.

The pipeline normally carries around 450,000 bpd of Forties crude to Britain, along with a third of the UK’s total offshore natural gas output.

Ineos has a timescale of two to four weeks for the repairs starting from Dec. 11.

The firm has a preferred option for the repairs which it is currently working through and has had some parts specially fabricated in case it needs to try different options, it said.

Reporting by Ahmad Ghaddar, editing by Elaine Hardcastle

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