Pipeline Damaged By Ike Resumes Operation

April 2009 Vol. 236 No. 4

A view of Hurricane Ike taken by NASA 9/6/2008

A segment of the Auger oil pipeline in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico that was damaged by Hurricane Ike has been repaired and was restarted on Feb. 28.

The pipeline was damaged along with the Eugene Island 331 platform during Hurricane Ike in September, and Auger system flows were rerouted through a temporarily reversed section of the Poseidon pipeline.

"That platform was damaged, and we had to do work to repair that damage. That work has been completed, and we're ready to resume service," said Tom Gates, oil movements manager for Shell Pipeline Co LP.

The 20-inch segment of Poseidon that was reversed, from South Marsh Island Block 205 to Ship Shoal Block 332, was scheduled to be returned to normal service by March 10, following maintenance.

Poseidon is owned by Enterprise Products Partners LP , Shell Pipeline Co LP and Marathon Oil Corp.