UK: Shell charged for North Sea oil leak

Gannet Alpha

Anglo/Dutch oil and gas major Royal Dutch Shell has reportedly been charged over an oil leak in the North Sea that happened four years ago. 

The case involved Shell’s Gannet Alpha platform located in the North Sea, 112 miles east of Aberdeen. The platform is operated by Shell U.K. Limited.

According to BBC, the charges cover oil pollution, pipeline safety and health and safety regulations.

In August 2011, the pipeline, that was about 300ft below the surface, leaked more than 200 tonnes of oil, BBC said.

According to Aberdeen Sheriff Court, Shell is due to appear on court on Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

The Gannet Complex comprises of a fixed drilling and production platform for Gannet A, B, C, D, E, F and G fields. Gannet Alpha installation is a fixed offshore drilling, production and accommodation platform which processes oil and gas from the Gannet A, B, C, D, E, F and G fields.

The Gannet B, C, D, E, F and G fields are exploited via subsea wellheads tied back to the Gannet A installation by oil and gas production, gas lift and gas injection pipelines.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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