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Pipelines Offline After Ida

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After Hurricane Ida hit major energy hubs as a Category 4 storm and caused widespread power outages, oil and gas pipeline operators are in the process of checking for damage.

Enbridge said it was mobilizing crews to assess its facilities and had declared it was temporarily suspending some contacts under force majeure on two offshore pipelines.

Its pipelines were not operating because offshore oil and gas production remained halted at the platforms it services, a spokesperson said: “Production remains shut in to our offshore facilities; our onshore assets are operating.”

The force majeure contract suspensions were in effect for its Nautilus Pipeline and Mississippi Canyon Gas Pipeline.

“Enbridge is in the process of reviewing the status of its employees in the areas impacted by Hurricane Ida. There is currently no ETA on getting employees back out to inspect facilities,” the company said.

Likewise, Energy Transfer said it was conducting post-hurricane assessments at its Stingray Pipeline and Sea Robin assets, which bring natural gas from the US Gulf of Mexico to hubs in Louisiana.

“Stingray will not be accepting nominations from any location, and operators are required to remain shut in until Stingray has given clearance of our flow,” Energy Transfer said.

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