Bodman cites sources to replace cut ANS supplies

US energy officials tried to assure markets and consumers that other crude supplies are available to offset up to 400,000 b/d of production, which will be missing as BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. shuts down the eastern operating area of its Prudhoe Bay gathering system in Alaska.US Energy Sec. Samuel W. Bodman said Aug. 8 that he directed his staff to contact not only the BP America division but also West Coast refiners that are most likely to directly feel the shutdown’s impact.“From those conversations, there appears to be a belief that a complete shutdown of the Prudhoe Bay system may not be necessary,” Bodman said. “As we get a clearer picture over the next seve...

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