Watching the World: Whales delay Sakhalin II

It's those whales again. The last time we talked about the Sakhalin-II project, plans called for the installation of the PA-B platform while a new pipeline route would bypass a breeding ground for 100 Pacific gray whales (OGJ, Apr. 11, 2005, p. 30).Well, year-round oil production at the project, which was due to start at the end of 2006, is now expected to be postponed at least until summer 2008, allowing time to reroute the pipeline around the whales’ area.Sakhalin II has been producing around 80,000 b/d of crude oil during the summer over the past 6 years, shipping the oil largely to Japan via tankers. During the cold months, oil is not produced because ships cannot negotiate the...

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