This summary of maintenance events that are disclosed on this page are primarily those that could impact the operation of FPS Customers and in addition may have the potential to significantly affect the prices of certain "wholesale energy products".

2020 Shutdown

The shutdown that will take place in mid June 2020, and will last for 3 weeks, is required to carry out essential maintenance and upgrades to the system.  This is part of a co-ordinated plan by INEOS to invest £500 million pounds on the Forties Pipeline System so that it remains safe and reliable to 2040 and beyond.  FPS has been giving notice of this system shutdown for several years.

Planned FPS maintenance (updated 27th November 2019)


All planned activities for 2019 have been successfully completed.



Train 3 TAR: 10-12 weeks, starting 28th March.  Impact on throughput subject to actual customer demand.  Potential restrictions due to reduced gas handling capacity.

Pipeline / Kinneil entry facilities (3 weeks): 16th June.  Impact : FPS System Shutdown, all FPS Users.

GAEL Pig receiver valves replacement (ca. 39 days), 16th June.  Impact : GAEL Users.

Usual statutory checks (1Q, 3Q) - Unity, Forties Charlie, Cruden Bay.  Minor (hours duration) impact.

KLPG / Old Lock Berth Outage: 11 days, 3Q.  Impact : no import or export of C3 or C4.



No TAR activity on Trains 1, 2 or 3 currently forecast.

Usual statutory checks (1Q, 3Q) - Unity, Forties Charlie, Cruden Bay.

KLPG TAR / Old Lock Berth Outage: start date 2Q/3Q, duration tbc, first outage since start up.  Impact : no import or export of C3 or C4.



Usual statutory checks (1Q, 3Q) - Unity, Forties Charlie, Cruden Bay and KLPG/Old Lock Berth.

No major operational activity currently planned in 2022.



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