An unexploded mine left undiscovered since World War 2 has moved BP to close one of its pipelines in the North Sea. A spokesperson for BP said they had started a 5-day planned shut down across the oil field to safely remove and dispose of “ordnance lying next to the pipeline.”
A routine checkup in March this year revealed that the German sea mine had been lying next to the Forties Pipeline for over sixty years. The company has since stationed a guard vessel in the area, to ensure fishing and other vessels are kept clear. The oil and gas firm has been working with bomb disposal and subsea experts on the plan to get rid of it.
Military ordnance is potentially explosive material that didn’t detonate when it was deployed. A spokesperson for BP told ELN that experts have informed them the 10ft long mine – quite large for such devices – poses “very little risk to the pipeline.”