IN LINE INSPECTION PROMPTS FORTIES' LINE REPLACEMENT

An in-line inspection carried out at British Gas' On Line Inspection Centre, a unit of British Gas plc, enabled BP Exploration to evaluate the condition of its Forties pipeline in the North Sea. Results of the inspection led to a decision to replace the line. The inspection and the results are described in a report written by Tom Sowerby of the center. Although the line remained in fully acceptable operating condition, the center reports it was clear that the Forties and other fields that

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