Forties pipeline system
|Forties pipeline system|
|From||Forties Charlie platform|
|Passes through||North Sea|
|Length||169 km (105 mi)|
|Maximum discharge||0.7 Mbbl/d (~3.5×107 t/a)|
|Diameter||36 in (914 mm)|
The Forties pipeline system (FPS) is a pre-eminent pipeline network in the North Sea carrying 30% of the UK's oil, or about 700 thousand barrels per day (110×103 m3/d) of oil a day, to shore. It is owned and operated by UK-based global energy company BP, who retained the asset after selling the Forties oilfield to Apache Corp. in 2003. Fifty assets tie BP's export lines into the FPS either directly or through intermediate hubs, eventually joining at either Forties Charlie or Forties Unity.
FPS consists of a 36-inch (910 mm) pipeline originating at Apache Corp.'s Forties Charlie platform. The pipeline carries crude oil 169 kilometres (105 mi), routing through the Forties Unity riser platform, to the terminal at Cruden Bay. From there, unstabilised crude is carried to the processing facility at Kinneil, Grangemouth.
- "Grangemouth strike would force BP to shut North Sea pipeline", Daily Telegraph 2008-04-25
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