PETERHEAD, Scotland, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A BP oil pipeline was shut down off the coast of Scotland to remove an unexploded sea mine from World War II, officials say.
BP’s Forties oil pipeline, responsible for transporting about 40 percent of oil produced in the United Kingdom, has been closed for five days to remove the mine found off Peterhead coast in Scotland, The Guardian reported.
“It didn’t pose any risks where it was, but we knew pretty quickly we didn’t want it there,” a BP spokesman said Monday. “It’s very rare that the whole system is shut down, but we are not taking any chances.”
The German-built sea mine, discovered in late March, will be transported 2.5 miles away and safely set off underwater.
BP said the shutdown has come during a time of lower demand, and will also be taking the time to do essential maintenance on the pipeline.
“The Forties pipeline system has started a five-day planned shutdown, to enable the safe removal and disposal of ordnance lying next to the pipeline,” BP said. “BP is also taking the opportunity to conduct some important maintenance while the system is shut down. All users of the Forties pipeline system have been kept regularly informed and are fully aware of the plan. The plans have also received full regulatory approvals and support.”