TAQA PLANS TO RESTART OIL PRODUCTION.
Dubai -- Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) said it is evaluating plans to restart 80,000 barrels a day of oil output that runs through its closed UK North Sea Cormorant Alpha oil platform but gave no indication of a restart date.
"Taqa is currently evaluating plans to restore the throughput of an estimated 80,000 bpd in the Brent pipeline, excluding any Cormorant Alpha production," the company said in a statement
Taqa said it had found an oil leak in one of the legs of Cormorant Alpha, closing the platform and the pipeline system that handles a total of 90,000 barrels per day, including 10,000 bpd from Cormorant Alpha across several oilfields that contribute to Brent blend.
"The repairs are complicated because the defective area of the leg is hard to reach," said a Taqa spokesman. Cormorant Alpha also handles oil from the Dunlin, Thistle, Northern producer, Murchison, North Alwyn, Tern, Eider and North Cormorant Platforms.