BP TODAY expects to restart Alaskan oil output of 10,000 barrels per day cut for a week due to a spill. It halted the output from its Prudhoe Bay oil field due to a small leak in one of its pipes.
Although less than a gallon of oil was released, it is politically sensitive due to a much larger spillage at the giant facility last year. Then at least 200,000 gallons spilled on to the Alaskan tundra, and BP still faces the threat of criminal charges. Last year, it vowed to spend $550 million (225m) maintaining its pipeline network in Alaska, including the replacement of 16 miles of oil transit pipelines.
The facility usually produces around 400,000 barrels a day.