13 Aug '11, 10am

Shell confirms oil leak in North Sea

LONDON - Royal Dutch Shell has said it is working to contain an oil leak at its Gannet Alpha platform in the North Sea, but declined to specify the size of the leak. "We can confirm we are managing an oil leak in a flow line that serves the Gannet Alpha platform. We deployed a remote-operated vehicle to check for a subsea leak after a light sheen was noticed in the area," a Shell spokesman said. "We have stemmed the leak significantly and we are taking further measures to isolate it. The subsea well has been shut in, and the flow line is being depressurised." Asked about the size of the leak, a Shell spokeswoman declined to say. One of the wells at the oilfield 180 kilometres east of Aberdeen has been closed, but Shell did not specify whether output was reduced. According to Argus Media, the Gannet field produced about 13,500 barrels of oil between January and April. The f...

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