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Shell shuts Brent Charlie platform in North Sea due to gas leak

22 May 2017

Shell shut down its Brent Charlie platform, 115 miles north-east of Shetland, after a gas leak was detected on May 19. Production was halted and 31 non-essential personnel were flown off the platform as a precaution. Shell said the leak was soon stopped and an investigation is under way.

Brent Charlie - Image: Shell
Brent Charlie - Image: Shell

A Shell spokeswoman said: "Following a gas detection alarm, production was shut down and the platform called to muster. The source of the leak has been safely detected and isolated, and a full investigation into the cause will be completed.

"All 176 personnel on board have been accounted for and a precautionary partial downman of 31 non-essential personnel is under way.

"Relevant authorities have been informed."

The company said the leak was discovered on the platform above sea level. No details have been given of the amount of gas which escaped but Shell said the leak was isolated on the same day that it was detected.

A spokeswoman insisted there had been no impact to the marine environment.

Brent Charlie acts as a hub from a number of North Sea fields to a pipeline which carries oil to shore, and is the last of four Brent rigs still in production. Shell said no other platforms had been affected by the shutdown.

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