Marlin shuts down oil production
The fish punctured a hose connected to a BP oil tanker, resulting in an estimated $100 million loss.
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 12:24 PM
A marlin recently punctured a hose connecting BP's Greater Plutino facility to an oil tanker off the coast of Angola, according to an International Energy Agency report.
The incident occurred in February, preventing oil from being loaded onto the tanker and prompting BP to declare force majeure, a legal move to deflect liability because of unforeseeable greater force, for five days.
Forbes estimates that the disruption prevented 900,000 barrels of oil from going to market — a $100 million loss.
The oil facility will resume operations in April after four weeks of maintenance.
This isn't the first time that marine life has damaged oil operations.
In 2010, a swordfish punctured oil hoses belonging to French oil company Total, causing a three-day shipment delay, and in 2009, BP's Plutino was hit by a swordfish.
Marine life often convenes around offshore oil and gas installations much like they do around coral reefs. The presence of fish attracts predators like sharks, barracuda and marlins that can damage equipment.
In the video below, take a look at some photos from 2011 when a marlin punctured a floating oil lead hose off the Angolan coast.
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