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Oil output halted at 7 US Gulf platforms on pipeline outage
U.S. offshore oil producers Shell, Chevron and Equinor on Thursday halted operations at facilities pumping hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil per day, citing an onshore pipeline leak that a port official said should take about a day to fix.
The shut-ins are not expected to last but the number of facilities affected by the leak offered another example of how a relatively minor failure can affect a swath of U.S. energy infrastructure.
The shut-ins could halt about 600,000 barrels per day of oil production, a person familiar with offshore operations said.
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A flange connecting two pipelines onshore in Louisiana failed and caused about two barrels of oil to spill onto the ground, said Chett Chiasson, executive director of Greater Lafourche Port Commission. A fix is expected to take about a day, he added.
The spill halted operation of the Mars and Amberjack Pipelines that serve several oil production platforms off the Louisiana coast. It occurred at a booster station helps increase the pipeline pressure and advance crude oil flow to onshore storage facilities in Clovelly, Louisiana.