The major Forties Pipeline System (FPS) in the UK has been shut down temporarily due to a lightning strike, operator Ineos said on Friday.

Ineos FPS said a lightning strike in the Cruden Bay area in the early hours of Friday caused a power surge and was followed by loss of power to facilities at Cruden Bay, where the pipeline makes landfall.

“All safety systems responded accordingly and a full FPS system shutdown occurred, following standard safety precautions," Ineos FPS said.

“Ineos is following its standard protocols. We are now in recovery mode and working through our safe system start up procedures and aims to restart by lunch today.

“Further information will be released as it becomes available.”

The FPS was shut in at the end of 2017 following the discovery of a hairline fracture at an onshore section of the pipeline.