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Inspection report on spill pipeline ‘overdue by three years’

THE PRESS AND JOURNAL: PAGE 6. MONDAY, February 20, 2012

BY ROSS DAVIDSON

An inspection report on the safety of a pipeline at the centre of the UK’s biggest oil leak in a decade was overdue by three years, officials revealed.

Operator Shell was supposed to assess the integrity of pipelines at Gannet Alpha every four years, but the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the audit had not been carried out since 2004.

HSE has issued SheIl with two improvement notices after the firm did not keep the report up-to-date. read more

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Shell’s Gannet Alpha leak pipeline audit three years overdue

An audit of a pipeline which leaked more than 200 tonnes of oil into the North Sea was three years overdue, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive has shown.

20 February 2012

An audit of a pipeline which leaked more than 200 tonnes of oil into the North Sea was three years overdue, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive has shown.

The incident at Shell’s Gannet Alpha oil platform, 113 miles (180km) off Aberdeen, happened in August last year.

The HSE said an audit of the safety management system due in 2008 had not been carried out before the accident.

The leak was discovered about 300ft (91m) below the surface.

A joint investigation into the leak by the UK’s regulatory authorities is currently ongoing. read more

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Royal Dutch Shell attempt to undermine anti-corruption initiative

Royal Dutch Shell has taken action in an attempt to neutralize planned anti-corruption transparency rules that would force Shell, and other natural resource companies, to disclose all payments to foreign regimes.

By John Donovan

The Financial Times reports that Royal Dutch Shell has taken action in an attempt to neutralize planned anti-corruption transparency rules that would force Shell, and other natural resource companies, to disclose all payments to foreign regimes.

The new rules are intended to cover EU and US quoted businesses.

Their purpose is to identify corrupt regimes receiving major income from extractive industries, including oil and gas, who siphon off the proceeds.

According to the FT, Shell CFO Simon Henry has written to the UK business minister, Norman Lamb, setting out the oil giants concerns and pushing a series of alternative proposals, which would dilute the anti-corruption rules. read more

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