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The Scotsman: Shell oil platform to stay shut-in for 3 wks-source

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil production is expected to remain shut in for three weeks at a North Sea oil platform evacuated on Thursday due to a fire, an industry source said on Friday.
Oil workers late Thursday returned to the Tern Alpha platform, operated by Royal Dutch Shell , and began work to resume production of 25,200 barrels per day of crude.
“It will take three weeks to resume production,” the source, familiar with the situation, told Reuters.
A Shell spokeswoman said production would remain shut-in for the time being due to scheduled maintenance work. She declined to say how long the shutdown would last.
About 130 workers on the platform, 265 miles (425 km) off northeast Scotland, were evacuated on Thursday after a fire in a generator.
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Last updated: 17-Mar-06 17:06 GMT

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