HOUSTON -- Production at Independence Hub has been ramped up to a gross rate of approximately 900 MMcf/d of natural gas, according to Anadarko Petroleum.
Production was shut-in on April 8, after a leak was discovered on the flex-joint assembly of the Enterprise-owned Independence Trail export pipeline, which required the replacement of an o-ring gasket. Despite having approximately 0.45 bcf/d of net gas production shut-in during that time, the company continues to expect its full-year 2008 production guidance to be within the previously announced range of 207 to 212 MMboe.
"The repairs to the Independence Trail export pipeline system and subsequent testing were successful. As a result, we've been able to return production to pre-shut-in levels," says Jim Hackett, Anadarko chairman and CEO. "This is good news for Anadarko, our partners, and US consumers as nearly a bcf/d natural gas (more than 10% of natural gas production from the Gulf of Mexico) is returning to the market. We commend Enterprise and others for working diligently to make the necessary repairs."