22nd October 2018
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Oil begins flowing again in Brent pipeline

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Initial flows of crude oil have resumed in the Brent pipeline system following Monday’s shutdown.

The system, which is operated by Taqa and runs through the Cormorant Alpha platform, was halted after hydrocarbons were detected inside one of the platform’s legs.

The company says the process of restarting the Brent pipeline system followed a thorough technical evaluation and safety assessment.

The Cormorant Alpha platform normally handles about 90,000 barrels per day of crude oil feeding the Brent pipeline system, including approximately 10,000 barrels of Cormorant Alpha production.

Crude oil flows in the Brent pipeline system are expected to rise to approximately 80,000 barrels per day as other platforms in the Brent system return to normal operations.

Cormorant Alpha production remains closed while evaluations and work on the platform leg continues.

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Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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