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MarketWatch: U.K. safety panel tells Shell to improve safety on North Sea gas operations

By Benoit Faucon
Last Update: 7:00 AM ET Mar 5, 2007

LONDON (MarketWatch) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC was told in November to improve safety on its Clipper 48 natural gas platform in the U.K. North Sea after failing to comply with its own maintenance strategy, according to a U.K. safety regulatory disclosure.

“Shell have failed to implement a suitably resourced maintenance regime to achieve compliance with their own maintenance strategy,” the Health and Safety Executive, or HSE, said in a filing dated Nov. 11, 2006.

The document gave until Dec. 22 for Shell to comply. Shell couldn’t immediately comment.

The HSE said the failure “has lead to excessive backlog of maintenance activities for safety critical equipment and non safety critical equipment leading to poor working order and repair of equipment.”

Shell was fined GBP900,000 in 2005 after admitting health and safety breaches, including failing to carry out a risk assessment on the Brent Bravo platform, after the 2003 deaths of two men on the facility.

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