ALYESKA PIPE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM ADVANCES

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. has completed a critical first phase of the Atigun pipe replacement project. The company set stopple plugs on the trans-Alaska crude oil pipeline, enabling North Slope oil to flow through bypass lines in preparation for the tie-in of 8 1/2 miles of new line. The portion of pipe being replaced lies in the Atigun floodplain, 160 miles south of Prudhoe Bay, where nearly 50% of the pipeline's corrosion has occurred. The stopple procedure, originally estimated to

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