FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Trans-Alaska pipeline will shut down on Saturday for about eight hours so more valves can be tested, the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. said.
Alyeska employees and contractors will conduct tests on 12 valves along the pipeline. The work should be completed by 5 p.m.
Oil from the North Slope will continue to be pumped at less than 40 percent the normal rate during testing. The crude will be diverted to storage tanks.
The tests are part of the four-year valve tasting program Alyeska initiated in 1996. The systematic testing of all the valves will be completed at the end of the shutdown, fulfilling Alyeska's commitment to test all 177 mainline valves by the end of the year 2000.
During a shutdown last month, two valves were replaced and 33 others tested.
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