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Update: Forties pipeline shutdown

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Following the recent shutdown of the Forties Pipeline System (FPS), INEOS has confirmed that the hairline crack in the pipeline at Red Moss has stabilised and no further growth has been recorded for 48 hours. As a consequence, the company has reduced the precautionary safety cordon around the site from 300 m down to 150 m. This means the four residencies originally located within this area are now no longer within the cordon.

The company said that a number of repair options are currently being assessed and developed.

A statement read: “At this stage it is still too early to say how long the repair will take to complete, but it is expected to be a matter of weeks rather than days. We can confirm that formal Force Majeure has been declared on relevant contracts and we continue to work closely with our customers during this period, as well as local communities, government and other stakeholders.

“We apologise to our customers and the local community for the issues that this creates and we are working hard to minimise the impact of the pipeline closure as far as possible.”

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