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UpstreamOnline: Shell evacuates Brent Bravo (7 August Story)

By Upstream staff

Dozens of oil workers were airlifted from Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell’s Brent Bravo platform earlier this week after the rig lost power, UK media reported.

The 61 workers reportedly spent two days aboard the platform without power or hot water before Shell made the decision to evacuate the rig, The Scotsman reported.

The workers were taken by helicopters to nearby rigs on Sunday. Shell said the move was a precaution and the platform’s crew were never in danger.

A Shell spokeswoman said: “There was a trip in the power late on Friday. A spare fuel pump was flown out to the platform, but at 8pm on Saturday there was another problem and they lost power again.”

The Brent Bravo platform, which lies 116 miles (186 kilometres) north-east of Lerwick, in the Shetland Islands, is shut in for three months of routine maintenance.

Shell was fined £900,000 ($1.8 million) two years ago after an investigation into the deaths of two workers aboard the Brent Bravo in 2003 uncovered a range of safety problems.

 07 August 2007 15:57 GMT  | last updated: 07 August 2007 15:57 GMT

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