Brent System Oil Pipeline

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Brent System Oil Pipeline is an oil pipeline in the United Kingdom.


The pipeline originates at the Cormorant Alpha oil platform and terminates at the Sullom Voe Terminal in Shetland, Scotland.

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Project Details

  • Operator: TAQA (Abu Dhabi National Energy Company)
  • Current capacity: 100,000 barrels per day
  • Length: 147 kilometers
  • Oil source: North Sea oilfields
  • Status: Operating


The Brent System pipeline transports oil from 20 oil fields in the North Sea via Cormorant Alpha oil platform to the Sullom Voe Terminal in Shetland, Scotland. The pipeline consists of 36-inch (910 mm) diameter steel (API 5L X60) and is 147 km (91 mi) long. It has capacity of 100,000 barrels per day (16,000 cubic meters per day). Since 3 August 2009, it is operated by Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, replacing the previous operator Royal Dutch Shell.[1][2]


In January 2013, the pipeline was temporarily shut down after a leak was discovered by the Cormorant Alpha platform operators. According to a Taqa spokesperson, however, there was not a "connection between the Brent pipeline system and the pipeline involved in the release," and "The hydrocarbons released are contained within the platform leg and none have been released into the environment."[3]

Articles and resources


  1. "Taqa takes Brent pipe reins", NHST Media Group (3 August 2009). Retrieved on 6 August 2009. 
  2. Christopher Johnson, Barbara Lewis (3 August 2009). "Abu Dhabi firm says becomes N. Sea Brent operator", Reuters. Retrieved on 6 August 2009. 
  3. Brent shutdown: Pipeline 'safe to resume flow' after Cormorant Alpha leak, BBC, 16 Jan. 2013

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