INEOS Forties Pipeline System Media Update 09:00 14/12/17
Following the controlled shutdown of the Forties Pipeline System on Monday 11th December, INEOS engineers and technicians continue to assess the latest inspection data from the small hairline crack in the pipeline at Red Moss near Netherley, south of Aberdeen.
Continued assessment of the pipeline since Monday has confirmed that the hairline crack has stabilised and no further growth has been recorded for 48 hours. As a consequence, this morning we have been able to reduce the precautionary safety cordon from 300m down to 150m. This means the four residencies originally located within this area are now no longer within the cordon. The one family that had decided to relocate into temporary accommodation has now returned to their home.
Given the proximity to the site the unclassified CK12 Netherley to Cookney road remains closed by the police and drivers are still advised to seek alternative routes.
Safety remains our highest priority and local residents, FPS customers and other stakeholders are all being kept fully informed of the situation as it develops.
A number of repair options are currently being assessed and developed. 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.
INEOS press office: 0131 557 5252
Richard Longden (INEOS) 0041 21 627 7063 or 0041 7996 26123
Mark Killick (Media Zoo) 020 7384 6980 or 07836 634449
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