BP shuts-down North Sea pipeline to remove Nazi bomb

By Phaedra Friend Troy

BP (NYSE:BP) shut-down its Forties Pipeline in the UK North Sea to remove a Nazi bomb found earlier this year just feet from the subsea pipeline.

Local news source Scottish Express reported that BP has shut-down the Forties Pipeline to allow engineers to remove the World War II mine, found four months ago just 10 feet from the major UK pipeline.

Located about 25 miles off the coast of Peterhead, the Nazi mine stretches 13 feet long.
A private contractor is working to remove the mine and detonate it a safe distance from the pipeline, the report continued. The exercise is expected to take about two days.

BP discovered the mine during a routine inspection of the 105-mile-long pipeline in April 2011.

First constructed in the 1970s, the Forties Pipeline has since been expanded and can transport more than 1 million barrels of crude oil a day. The 36-inch-diameter pipeline starts at the Forties Charlie platform and stretches to the shore of Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire, and then connects with the Grangemouth complex in central Scotland.

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