Concerns arise from Prudhoe Bay oil field shutdown

BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. said it’s unsure how long Prudhoe Bay oil field might be shut down pending replacement of an estimated 16 miles of a severely corroded oil transit line that resulted in a small spill.The field was expected to take days to shut down, BP executives said during an Aug. 7 conference call with reporters, adding that a total shutdown would reduce Alaska North Slope oil production by 400,000 b/d.BP was working with state and federal authorities to determine whether it might be possible to continue operating portions of the field, BP America Chairman and Pres. Bob Malone said.Meanwhile, engineers studied how to replace 16 miles of the 22-mile transit line, and B...

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