From The Guardian UK http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/aug/12/shell-oil-leak-north-sea
Company confirms spill from flow line serving Gannet Alpha platform and takes further measures to isolate it
guardian.co.uk, Friday 12 August 2011
“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 112 miles 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 field is co-owned with US firm Exxon and operated by Shell.
A document available on Shell’s website says the Gannet facilities have capacity to export 88,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
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