CATS Pipeline System Repair Completed

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30 August 2007

Divers have now successfully installed a metal sleeve to the CATS pipeline at the location where a large vessel dragged its anchor causing damage to the pipeline.

The metal sleeve has been installed as a permanent repair to strengthen and protect the affected area of the pipeline.

The repair work was completed ahead of schedule from a diving support vessel which was again secured at short notice following wide scale industry co-operation.

Gas has been reintroduced to the CATS pipeline to repressurise the system. A controlled re-start of the CATS system will commence later this week and a return to normal throughput levels is expected around the middle of September.

Notes to Editors
CATS stands for “Central Area Transmission System”. The CATS pipeline is a 36” diameter gas pipeline transporting gas from fields in the central North Sea to terminals at Teesside. It is operated by BP on behalf of itself and the other owners (BG, Hess, ConocoPhillips, Eni and Total)

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