Oil is flowing with restart of pipeline

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011

ANCHORAGE — Oil is once again flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline after a weekend shutdown to repair a leak at a North Slope pump station.

Michelle Egan, spokeswoman for the Alyeska Service Pipeline Co., says oil began flowing Monday morning.

She says the goal for the next 24 hours is to bring the 800-mile pipeline up to 500,000 barrels a day. Before the leak was discovered more than a week ago, the pipeline was carrying about 630,000 barrels a day.

Egan says crews completed work on a 157-foot bypass line to go around the leak.

The pipeline in Alaska delivers about 13 percent of the nation’s daily domestic oil production to tankers for West Coast delivery.

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