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Shell Cuts North Sea Brent Platform Output For Repairs

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

OCTOBER 7, 2009, 5.43 A.M. ET

LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB) reduced production “to a minimum” at its Brent Charlie oil platform in the North Sea for repairs after a health and safety inspection Friday, the company said Tuesday.

The company received a prohibition notice from the U.K. government’s Health and Safety Executive regarding a heating ventilation air conditioning system on the platform, which “is not removing gas as it is designed to do,” Shell said in an e-mailed statement.

“In order to comply with the notice production has been reduced to the minimum required to maintain power generation on the platform while we undertake the necessary repairs,” Shell said. The company declined to give a timeframe for the duration of the repairs.

The HSE has agreed to Shell operating Brent Charlie at reduced output while a repair plan is formulated, agreed with the HSE and then implemented, the company added.

The Brent Charlie platform typically produces 26,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day.

-By Lananh Nguyen, Dow Jones Newswires; +44 (0)20-7842-9479; [email protected]

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