PHMSA orders BP to conduct further ANS inspections

08/21/2006
The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued new orders to BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. on Aug. 10, requiring additional rigorous inspections of the company’s entire Alaskan North Slope crude pipeline network and outlining safety criteria that the BP PLC division must meet before it can restart its downed line there.BP Alaska must conduct four daily surveys of all its low-pressure lines in the North Slope, including the eastern operating line, where the company this week halted operations due to a leak and extensive pipeline corrosion, PHMSA Administrator Thomas J. Barrett said. The company will be required to use special heat-seeking infrared equipme...
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