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Energy / Gas pipeline continues to operate safely after being damaged

The Clair Ridge platform west of Shetland. Photo: BP

SAFE operations continue on a gas export pipeline to the west of Shetland after its infrastructure suffered damage earlier this year.

Protective concrete mattresses around the subsea Clair Ridge gas pipeline were damaged, with one torn into sections. However, there was no risk to the integrity of the pipeline.

Fishing gear was understood to be the suspected cause.

Part of the six-inch diameter pipeline was said to have been dragged out of position by around three metres, while the pipeline was exposed for approximately 25 metres.

The incident came to light in early July.

A spokesperson for BP said that a further inspection of the displaced section has now been completed.

“There remains no risk to the pipeline integrity and safe operations continue,” they said.

“We continue to develop remediation plans and engage with relevant partners and authorities, including the Health and Safety Executive.”

The pipeline from the Clair Ridge field connects into the West of Shetland pipeline system, which then heads to Sullom Voe Terminal.

It came after fishing gear was the suspected cause of issues with telecoms cables around Shetland last year.

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