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Shell Brent Charlie Platform Shut-In Since July – Regulator

“A prohibition notice was served on Shell July 1 over hydrocarbon release issues on the Brent C platform. The rig is currently ‘shut in’…


SEPTEMBER 14, 2011

LONDON (Dow Jones)–The U.K. offshore regulator issued Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA.LN) with two warnings in July for safety incidents at its aged Brent Charlie platform in the North Sea, the Health and Safety Executive website showed Wednesday.

One of the warnings is a more serious prohibition notice, which indicates there is an elevated risk of injury, while the other is an improvement notice, which gives an operator a period of time to correct a potential risk.

“A prohibition notice was served on Shell July 1 over hydrocarbon release issues on the Brent C platform. The rig is currently ‘shut in’, which means it has complied with the prohibition notice ordering activity to stop,” an HSE spokesperson told Dow Jones Newswires.

The 35-year old platform is located 145 kilometers north east of Unst. Production on the Brent field has continued to decline in recent years and many of the aging installations are due to be decomissioned in a few years. From 2000 to 2010, production on the whole Brent oil field dropped 91%.

The Brent field has four large platforms, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta.

A Shell spokesman wasn’t immediately able to detail the incident that resulted in the prohibition notice.

-By Alexis Flynn and James Herron, Dow Jones Newswires, +44 207 842 9471, alexis.flynn@dowjones.com

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