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Shell: Brent Platforms Shut For Undisclosed Period

JANUARY 18, 2011

By Sarah Kent Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

LONDON (Dow Jones)– Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB) Tuesday said its four platforms in the North Sea’s Brent field will be shut for an undisclosed period while it investigates the causes and impact of an accident Saturday.

The four platforms were shut after a fender fell off the Brent Bravo platform, the company told Dow Jones Newswires.

No people were hurt in the incident, but Brent Bravo and three other platforms, Brent Alpha, Brent Charlie and Brent Delta were shut as a precautionary measure, the company said.

The U.K. Health and Safety Executive, which is responsible for enforcing safety regulations in the North Sea, said it was “aware of the situation and working with Shell U.K.”

In 2005, Shell was fined GBP900,000 for health and safety breaches on the Bravo platform after the deaths of two men on the facility in 2003.

The Brent field produces 20,000 barrels of oil per day and 4.5 million cubic meters of gas.

-By Sarah Kent, Dow Jones Newswires;4420-7842-9376; [email protected]

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