Trans-Alaska pipeline remains shut down over leak

January 17, 2011 06:56

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The 800-mile (1,287-kilometer) trans-Alaska pipeline remains shut down as repair work continued to fix a leak.

The pipeline was shut down early Saturday to install a bypass pipe around the leak. The shutdown was only expected to last 36 hours, but the restart now is expected to take place early Monday.Workers are installing a 157-foot (48-meter) pipe around the leak discovered more than a week ago at a booster pump at a station on the North Slope.

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. operates the pipeline and says sealing and draining the pipe is taking longer than expected.

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