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BP Expects Texas Pipeline Repair

The leak began on Nov. 16 when an instrument testing the depth of a defect in a sour fuel gas line

BP said that it expects repairs to a pipeline at its giant Texas refinery lasting until Nov. 21, according to a notice filed with the state pollution regulation agency, Reuters reported.

The leak began on Nov. 16 when an instrument testing the depth of a defect in a sour fuel gas line pushed through the side of the pipe creating a pinhole leak, according to the notice filed Nov. 19 with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

BP evacuated 800 non-essential workers at the refinery in Texas City, Texas, on Nov. 16 because of the leak, but the 460,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery continued to operate.

A clamp was placed over the hole, but failed to shut off the leak. A specialized clamp is being made to close the leak, according to the notice.

The refinery has been operating at about half its capacity while workers repair piping and equipment damaged in the shutdown of the refinery when Hurricane Rita threatened the Texas coast in September 2005.

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