BP restart ETAP and Bruce fields as Forties gets going again

BP has confirmed that it has restarted the ETAP oilfield system alongside the Bruce field, but that the Andrew platform remains in shutdown.

BP announced that it would be beginning a restart in production yesterday, but that they expected the restart to be in full swing today.

The Andrew platform is to receive planned maintenance, which accounts for its current shutdown status.

The restart comes on the back of the news from the company responsible for the Forties pipeline, Ineos, announcing that it will have the pipeline ‘back to normal’ by new year.

Other North Sea operators, such as Shell and Apache, announced a partial restart as the news broke of the Forties pipeline mechanical repair yesterday.

Shell said: “Shell UK can confirm that a gradual restart of production operations has commenced on the Shearwater and Nelson platforms in the central North Sea.”

Ineos today apologised to customers and the local community for the disruption caused by the closure and repair work required.

The crack and subsequent leak in the Forties pipeline has caused widespread disruption since its discovery nearly three weeks ago.

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