Alaska pipeline resumes flow
Last Updated: Monday, January 17, 2011 | 3:43 PM ET
Oil was once again flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline Monday.
The line carries 13 per cent of American domestically produced supply.A leak in a pumping station on Alaska's North Slope on Jan. 8 led to one of the longest shutdowns since the pipeline from the country's largest oil field went into operation in 1977. (Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.)
Flow was stopped over the weekend in order to repair a leak at a North Slope pump station.
The operator of the pipeline, Alyeska Service Pipeline Co., said the goal for the next 24 hours is to bring the 1,300-kilometre line up to 500,000 barrels a day.
Before the leak was discovered more than a week ago, the pipeline was carrying about 630,000 barrels a day from the North Slope to a tanker terminal on Alaska's south coast.
Michelle Egan, spokeswoman for Alyeska, said crews completed work on 48-metre bypass line to go around the leak.
The line has had only minimal flows since the leak occurred at Jan. 8, making the outage one of the longest shutdowns since the line from the country's largest oil field went into operation in 1977. Officials estimate about 29 barrels of crude leaked.With files from The Associated Press
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