June 9, 2009 / 4:14 PM / 10 years ago

UPDATE 1-Key US crude oil link Capline restarted - sources

HOUSTON, June 9 (Reuters) - Capline, the major crude oil pipeline from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Midwest, has restarted after repairs, sources said Tuesday.

The 632-mile (1,017 km), 1.1 million barrel per day pipeline from St. James, Louisiana, to Patoka, Illinois, restarted late Monday, people familiar with operations said.

Customers were not impacted by shutdowns Saturday and again Monday after a minor valve leak, operator Shell Pipeline Co LP (RDSa.L) said Monday. There was enough crude in storage.

The valve was repaired Saturday and the line restarted after a brief shutdown, but Capline was shut again Monday for additional work, Shell said.

Although the line’s capacity exceeds 1 million bpd, it has been carrying between 700,000 and 800,000 bpd lately because the recession has cut fuel demand, officials said.

Shell operates the pipeline for a group of owners, including Marathon Oil Corp (MRO.N) and BP Plc (BP.L). (Reporting by Bruce Nichols; Editing by Walter Bagley)

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