Oil to flow again through Trans Alaska pipeline
January 17th, 2011
02:07 AM ET

Oil to flow again through Trans Alaska pipeline

The Trans Alaska pipeline is expected to return to full service this week after a leak near Prudhoe Bay brought the flow of oil to a stop this month, a company spokeswoman said.

"We are in the final stages of the bypass line," said Alyeska Pipeline Service Company spokeswoman Megan Egan.

The 800-mile line was shut down January 8 when a leak was found during an inspection of a pump house. The pipeline was then reopened from January 11-15 to flush remaining oil from the line.

When the pumping resumes, the flow will start at about 500,000 barrels of oil a day - about three-quarters of normal flow - and then move to its full capacity, Egan said.

The pipeline's daily average output is about 642,000 barrels, according to the company website.

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  1. froghorn leghorn

    The technically daunting task of closing one valve and opening another was almost beyond the capability of BP engineers.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • OFTin Alaska

      You are simple minded leghorn. This spill has nothing to do with opening or closing a valve. I was and am still there at the site of the leak at Pump Station. The crews that fixed the leak were all working class, blue-coller Union oilfield trade workers. We accomplished the task in record time under advers conditions. The problem that started the leak has to do with corrosion of the pipe and shutting a "valve off" like you said is not the solution nor the problem. The TAPS is a complicated system and is NOT like the plumping in your home. Try to unsimplify your life before you write a meaningless opinion based on ignorance.

      January 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. I want my MTV

    However, after a lengthy consultation with haliburton and a small kickback from a large petro-dollar funded mosque the mission was accomplished.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |

    Good ol' oil.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    As an Alaskan Indian and one who's worked both on the slope and on 2 platforms and whose brother has worked for bp for 26 years, I can say that its getting to the point where between Sara Palin and BP, Im beginning to feel like Alaska is the red-headed step child of the lower 48. Between politics and BP we're becoming pariahs.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. The Name not spoken

    Just as an ignored child ends bad behavior. The name Sara Palin must never be used again.
    The half gov. reality star should be shunned and shamed.
    It is the only path back to respect for Alaska.
    BP should change its logo and buy TV advertising and image will be fine.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. raven

    Well , the Brits are in control of BP's image but its Alaska everyone relates to specially since (ahem )SHE started politicking and that blows .

    January 17, 2011 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Wait....

    Where in the article is Sarah Palin mentioned.... Oh wait you brought her up only to bash her. Sorry, I thought you actually had an intelligent comment like,"Hey, more oil in the world supply should mean prices should drop a little." We know they may not but hey, we can always wish.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. raven

    Well , if they open ANWR maybe oil prices would drop ,but with all the environmentalists arguing that it shouldnt ,who KNOWS when or even IF they will .

    January 17, 2011 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. AMERICA 1st

    maybe that oil flowing again will bring the pump sices back down again. serious doubts. much hope! wishful thinking?

    January 17, 2011 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. AMERICA 1st


    January 17, 2011 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. raven

    And just because I think Palin isnt qualified to run our nation doesnt mean i dont respect her raking in tons of money capitalising on her good looks and novelty . I dont blame her for quitting her job halfway thru, she probably got bored. Poor Poor Palin, good thing youre around to defend her .

    January 17, 2011 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tard

    No linkage between intelligence and your opinion.
    In fact YOU brought up the name not spoken.
    So end your trollery. You may poke and hope. But it is dishonest to poke then spin.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. Snake in it

    And dude if you think the name not spoken is good looking. Well I got a box of rocks for you.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    i for one am sick and tired of hearing the name palin brought up for every issue. you all are giving her way more credit than she deserves. as a political figure she is dumb as a box of rocks.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. ***dude***

    Oh sure, pick on the rocks, what did they ever do to you?

    January 17, 2011 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
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