BP describes Prudhoe Bay pipeline anticorrosion work

Editor’s note: The following is operational information extracted from written testimony submitted by Steve Marshall, president of BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., to a Sept. 7 hearing on Prudhoe Bay oil pipeline corrosion held by the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee.In March of 2006, BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. (BPXA) discovered a leak along the GC-21 line in the Western Operating Area [of Prudhoe Bay oil field] (WOA). This is a 34-in. line that carries sales quality crude oil to a central gathering center (GC) for ultimate delivery into the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) at Pump Station 1 (Fig. 1). The...

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