The trans-Alaska oil pipeline all but shut down Saturday after workers found a leak in a station pipe at Pump Station 1, said Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., which operates the line.
The company said workers just before 9 a.m. found oil leaking into a booster pump building. It activated a Fairbanks-based incident management team and a separate Anchorage-based crisis team to respond.
Source: Fairbanks News Miner
From the official press release:
P.O Box 196660
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA 99519-6660
TELEPHONE (907) 787-8700
Incident Name: Pump Station 1 Booster Pump Piping Incident
Source: Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
Contact: Michelle Egan – 907-787-8870
1/8/11 at 6:30 p.m.
Fact Sheet 1:
- No injuries have occurred.
- Pump Station 1 booster pumps have been isolated and level of spilled oil has not risen since isolation.
- Response personnel and equipment have been mobilized.
- Recovery of the oil started at approximately 4 p.m.
- Crude recovery operations are ongoing.
- North Slope producers are prorated to 5 percent production.
- No apparent impact to environment and no impact to wildlife.
- Engineers are assessing the situation and developing a plan to safely restart the pipeline.
- Crude oil spill discovered in the Booster Pump Room basement at Pump Station 1 (PS01) at approximately 8:15 a.m.
- The leak source appears to be from a below-ground piping that leads to the basement of the booster pump building. The piping is encased in concrete.
- The Operations Control Center shutdown the pipeline at 8:50 a.m.
- Fairbanks Incident Command and Anchorage Crisis Management Teams activated; Fairbanks Emergency Operations Center manned at 9:30 a.m. Incident Command will be staffed around the clock.
- Alyeska, State and Federal officers have combined to operate a Joint Information Center.
- Safety of personnel and facilities
- Isolate the source
- Minimize environmental impact
- Ensure effective stakeholder communications
- Build a repair plan
- Address cold restart
- Restore service
- 4 degrees; winds are 4 MPH from the South
- 84% humidity
- Visibility: 10 miles
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