TAPS shut down at midnight Friday for replacement pipe installation
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company began a planned 36-hour shutdown of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System as expected overnight to install new piping at Pump Station 1, bypassing a section of damaged pipe that caused TAPS to shut down last Saturday. The shutdown began at 12:07 a.m. Alaska Standard Time (0907 GMT) Saturday. The company is installing 157 feet of 24-inch pipe that had been fabricated in Fairbanks and moved to the North Slope earlier in the week. Federal and state regulators had allowed TAPS to do a temporary restart Tuesday night so that warm crude oil moving in the line would keep critical systems functioning and prevent a freezeup in winter conditions. TAPS was carrying about 630,000 b/d of crude when it was shut Saturday.