Colonial Pipeline Determines Estimated Pipeline Restart Time Following Landfall of Hurricane Ida
Company plans to complete safety assessment and infrastructure checks by Monday evening;
Lines 1 & 2 expected to be safely restored to normal operating conditions
Update: Monday, August 30, 2021 — 4 p.m. EST
ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA — In less than 48 hours after Hurricane Ida made landfall as a devastating category 4 storm, Colonial Pipeline crews are now able to safely access facilities to complete required damage assessment and safety checks in accordance to its emergency response startup plan. Keeping safety procedures as its top priority, the company expects to return Lines 1 & 2 to service the evening of Monday, August 30, 2021, pending successfully completion of all restart protocols.
As part of its storm emergency response plan, the company took precautionary, proactive measures before Ida made landfall to protect its system, customer product and most importantly, human safety and the environment, by temporarily shutting down Lines 1 and 2, from Houston to Greensboro, N.C., as they were in the path of the massive storm. Colonial’s storm response team kept an eye on the changing forecast in the days leading up to the storm and moved employees and critical equipment out of harm’s way.
“We want to express our sympathy and concern for the many people who have suffered tremendously because of this hurricane,” said Wes Dunbar, vice president of operations for Colonial Pipeline. “I also want to thank those who are helping get Colonial back in service as quickly and safely as possible. We know the fuels delivered by our pipeline are important to emergency responders, as well as to our daily lives. We are thankful for the coordination from our local, state and federal partners for their assistance as we work to restore our pipeline into service.”
About Colonial Pipeline: Colonial Pipeline Company, founded in 1962, connects refineries – primarily located in the Gulf Coast – with customers and markets throughout the Southern and Eastern United States through a pipeline system that spans more than 5,500 miles. The company delivers refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil, and fuel for the U.S. military. Colonial is committed to safety and environmental stewardship across its operations. More information about Colonial is available at www.colpipe.com.
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