GOM Fields Return to Service Following Leak Repair
Onshore flange repair allows several deepwater systems to resume production.
Several US GOM deepwater fields were brought back online after repairs were made to a damaged flange at one of Shell’s onshore boosting stations near Fourchon, Louisiana. The leak was discovered late last week and resulted in about 2 barrels of oil being spilled onto the ground.
"Crews have completed the repairs at Fourchon booster station,” said Shell spokesperson Cindy Babski via email. “Both the Mars and Amberjack pipelines are back online and returning to normal service.”
Shell confirmed it is in the process of safely ramping up production at its assets in the Mars corridor: Mars, Ursa and Olympus. Crews remained on site throughout the evening on 12 August at the Fourchon booster station to monitor the completed repairs.
The Mars and Amberjack pipelines that serve several oil-production platforms off the Louisiana coast and together can move up to 500,000 B/D of crude.
In addition to Shell's Mars, Ursa, and Olympus platforms, Chevron's Jack/St. Malo, Tahiti, and Big Foot oil facilities, which also connect to the Amberjack pipeline, also were taken offline. Equinor said it shut in its Titan platform. These platforms should be ramping back up post-repairs.