Furie Operating Alaska has cleared the obstruction that had been blocking the subsea pipeline that delivers gas from the company's Kitchen Lights gas field in Cook Inlet to gas processing facilities on the Kenai Peninsula, Scott Pinsonnault, Furie chief operating officer, has told Petroleum News.
"We have safely restored utility and communication between our onshore natural gas processing plant and the Julius platform over this past weekend," Pinsonnault said, referring to the field's offshore Julius R production platform.
Pinsonnault said that "a very cooperative cadre of resources spread throughout the United States" had participated in clearing the line and that the clearing had been accomplished through the use of mechanical intervention.
The pipeline became completely blocked on Jan. 11, and since then Furie has been unable to produce gas from the field. Pinsonnault said that Furie will spend the next few weeks making sure that the line is completely clear, functional and safe before restoring production.
- ALAN BAILEY
See story in March 24 issue of Petroleum News, available online Friday, March 22, at www.PetroleumNews.com
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