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Trans-Alaska Pipeline Plans Five Shutdowns; Work Starts Tomorrow

May 17, 2012

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., operator of the 800-mile (1,287-kilometer) Trans-Alaska crude system, will close for work tomorrow, the first of as many as five shutdowns scheduled until Aug. 5.

The line will be shuttered for eight hours to install temporary bypass piping around Pump Station 5, the company said in a statement. “End-users should not see an impact,” Michelle Egan, an Alyeska spokeswoman, said in a e-mail responding to questions.

The system also will be turned off for eight hours starting May 27 to remove the temporary route at Pump Station 5 and for work on Pump Station 3, according to the notice. A third closing, for 18 hours, is scheduled for June 2 to conduct valve testing.

Two other shutdowns are tentatively planned for July 28 and Aug. 5, the Anchorage-based company said.

The pipeline network starts in Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope of Alaska and runs to Valdez, the northernmost ice-free port in North America. The system transported about 583,000 barrels a day of crude during 2011, according to Alyeska’s website.

Alyeska is owned by BP Pipelines (Alaska), ConocoPhillips (COP:US) Transportation Alaska, ExxonMobil Pipeline Co., Unocal Pipeline Co., and Koch Alaska Pipeline Co.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alexander Kwiatkowski at

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