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Chevron pipeline closed after fatal incident

17 September 2014

Chevron Pipe Line Co. closed an Gulf of Mexico offshore gas pipeline after an incident on September 13 left a contract worker dead and two others injured. The pipeline links Gulf of Mexico production facilities to the Henry Hub storage and delivery point at Erath in Louisiana.

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The incident occurred 6 miles south of Timbalier Bay off the southeast coast of Louisiana, according to the US Coast Guard. The pipeline had a valve failure according to a spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

Gas flows through the 590 cubic meters per second capacity pipeline have been halted until the investigation and repairs can be completed, Chevron said, adding that most gas that would have been transported on the now closed line has been rerouted to alternative pipes.

Natural gas is being released from the line to depressurise the pipe. Chevron said it is monitoring the situation through an on-site response team in addition to regular flights over the area.

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