Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chevron reports potential Gulf of Mexico oil leak - 14th Sept 2011

A potential oil leak at a Chevron oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico has led the oil major to shut down its Main Pass pipeline network near Louisiana, the company said on Tuesday.

The company also shut a related pipeline, known as Cypress, which is fed by the Main Pass system, Chevron said in a statement, without saying how much oil is transported on the lines.

Chevron did not say whether any oil spill had been discovered. The Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office, which deals with spill responses in the state, said it had not yet been informed of any oil spill.

The Cypress pipeline feeds the Empire crude terminal in Louisiana, delivery point for Heavy Louisiana Sweet crude. The Empire terminal was still operating, a trade source said.

Empire, located in Southern Louisiana on the Mississippi River, can handle up to 350,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude although normal rates are closer to 230,000 bpd to 275,000 bpd, according to Chevron's website. Read More