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INEOS postpones shutdown of Forties Pipeline System until Spring 2021 due to coronavirus

07 April 2020

On April 7, INEOS announced that it would delay the shutdown of the Forties Pipeline System until Spring 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. INEOS said it had made the decision so that its customers and the industry could plan with greater certainty.

Grangemouth petrochemical complex – Image: Richard Webb /
Grangemouth petrochemical complex – Image: Richard Webb /

The Summer shutdown for maintenance had been planned for June 16, however due to the ongoing government restrictions in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, INEOS FPS said it would postpone its plans to enable its customers and the UK oil and gas industry to plan with greater certainty.

In a statement, the company said it would continue working with customers and relevant parties to prepare for the shutdown in 2021. INEOS FPS said it had written to all its customers announcing its decision after “there was a desire to delay the shutdown to 2021 by the majority of its customers.”

INEOS said it would communicate the exact start date of the shutdown as soon as it is able to.

The Forties Pipeline System is carries 30% of the UK’s oil – around 550,000 thousand barrels per day – from North Sea terminals to shore before the pipeline terminates at the INEOS-owned Kinneil processing facility in Grangemouth. INEOS bought the network from BP in 2017.

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