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North Sea Forties Pipeline System Fully Operational

Mobile offshore drilling units stand in the in the North Sea.

Mobile offshore drilling units stand in the in the North Sea.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The North Sea’s Forties Pipeline System -- one of the world’s most important crude oil conduits -- is fully back in business after being shut earlier this month due to the discovery of a hairline crack.

“Ineos confirms the Forties Pipeline System is fully operational,” operator Ineos AG said Saturday in a statement. “All restrictions on the flow of oil and gas from platforms feeding into the pipeline system have been lifted and virtually all platforms are now on line.”