Abu Dhabi's TAQA to resume North Sea oil flow

  • Share via facebook
  • Tweet this
  • Bookmark and Share
The Cormorant Alpha platform in the North Sea.

The Cormorant Alpha platform in the North Sea.

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, also known as TAQA, has said it has begun the process of restoring the flow of an estimated 80,000 barrels per day of crude oil in the Brent pipeline system following a precautionary shutdown last weekend.

The pipeline system, which is operated by TAQA and runs through the Cormorant Alpha platform, was halted after a small hydrocarbon release in one of the platform’s legs was detected.

The company said in a statement that investigations have found there is no connection between the Brent pipeline system and the pipeline involved in the release.

"The process of restarting Brent throughput follows a thorough technical evaluation that shows it is safe to do so without any increased risk to Cormorant Alpha," the statement said.

The hydrocarbons released were contained within the platform leg and none entered the environment. The leak has now been contained with no further oil release, it added.

Cormorant Alpha normally handles approximately 90,000 bpd of crude oil feeding the Brent pipeline system, including approximately 10,000 bpd in Cormorant Alpha production. Cormorant Alpha production remains closed while work on the platform leg continues.

There were 145 people on board Cormorant Alpha when the incident was discovered on Saturday.

Cormorant Alpha is operated by TAQA Bratani Ltd and is located 232 miles from Peterhead, Scotland and 94 miles from Lerwick in the Shetland Islands.

Related:

Market Performance

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company
1.17
-0.01 -0.85 (%)
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

  • No comments yet, be the first!

Enter the words above: Enter the numbers you hear:

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Petroleum producers shift attention from Middle East: Kemp

Petroleum producers shift attention from Middle East: Kemp

Following four decades of war, sanctions, nationalisation and...

Back in business

Back in business

Iran’s tankers are back on the oceans as sanctions on the Islamic...

A new future for Saudi Arabia?

A new future for Saudi Arabia?

The vast Wadd Al Shimal phosphate mine in the north of Saudi...

Most Popular
Most Discussed