By Associated Press - Thursday, June 19, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The trans-Alaska pipeline system is scheduled to be shut down for 24 hours, beginning Friday morning, for major maintenance.

The Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., which operates the pipeline, says projects during the shutdown will include work at Pump Station 1 in Prudhoe Bay and routine tests of all mainline valves between Atigun Pass and Pump Station 5.

Other projects are planned over the next few months that Alyeska says will require shutdowns lasting six to eight hours. Another long-duration shutdown is planned for Aug. 29 and 30. The company says details will be posted on its website.

Summer maintenance projects necessitating brief shutdowns are not new. Alyeska says it shuts down the pipeline for work that cannot be done when the pipeline is operating.

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