Shell reports oil leak at North Sea platform
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Oil producer Scotland, has suffered a leak from an underwater pipeline between the wellhead and platform.has confirmed that the Gannet Alpha oil platform, located 112 miles east of ,
Shell issued a statement regarding the incident, saying that "We can confirm we are managing an oil leak in a flow line that serves the Gannet Alpha platform. [...] 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." The company has thus far refused to comment on the exact size of the leak, saying that was "not a significant spill."
According to a Shell spokesperson, a remote submarine was deployed after a sheen was noticed in the water surrounding the platform; since then, a craft has been brought in to monitor water conditions in the area.
The UK's has begun an investigation of the leak, with the Scottish government and also involved in monitoring the situation.
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