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Shell completes improvement notices after loss of 825kg of gasoline at North Sea terminal

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Written by Niamh Burns – 08/08/2016 12:56 pm

Oil major Shell has completed improvement notices from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an incident led to the loss of containment of more than 800kg of gasoline.

The North Sea operator was hit with a notice which said it had “failed to demonstrate” that it had established a “safe operating pressure” for the loading of gasoline to ships.

The notice at the time added: “Despite evidence of repeated swivel joint seal failures on loading arms at Breafoot Bay and in particular the failure of the middle seal of the triple swivel joint on loading arm 3 during single pump loading on 21st April 2016, which led to the loss of containment of 825kg of gasoline.”

The incident happened at the Braefoot Bay terminal and Shell was also warned it had not taken “all necessary measures” to “control and limit the pressure at the loading arms during loading of gasoline to ships to prevent failure of equipment”.

Both improvement notices have now been complied with.

A Shell spokesman said: “Shell has completed the requirements of the improvement notices, with compliance achieved on June 30th 2016.”

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