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UK Forties Pipeline to Remain Shut for Weeks Forcing Regional Oil Field to Reduce Output


The Forties crude pipeline, UK’s largest crude export system and source for Scotland’s 200K b/d Grangemouth refinery, could be shut down for weeks according to newswires, as repairs are being carried out following a leak detected last week. This will be the pipeline’s first unscheduled closure since 2011.

The Grangemouth oil refinery has adequate crude inventories to keep running amidst the pipeline’s closure according to a Reuters report. However production at Norway’s 126K b/d Edvard Grieg field has been temporarily reduced, as the regional St Fergus terminal does not possess the necessary capacity to process delivered gas produced from Edvard.

Forties has an average daily throughput of about 450K b/d and a maximum capacity of 600K b/d. The pipeline system is the largest of the five North Sea crude streams used for assessing the dated Brent benchmark.