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Workers evacuated from storm-hit Shell platform

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SAM CHAMBERS: 8 FEB 2016

A Shell platform that has run into difficulties in the past is in the news again as severe weather forced an evacuation last night.

Close to 80 workers were forced to leave the Brent Bravo in the North Sea last night and moved to two sister platforms as the oil major feared Storm Imogen with 130 kmh winds might have damaged the installation.

“Personnel on the platform were called to muster following damage to one of the structure’s legs. As a precaution, all non-essential personnel were moved to other nearby Brent platforms,” Shell said in a statement.

Two workers died on the same platform in 2003 with Shell accused of shoddy repair work at the time.

Shell stopped Brent Bravo production on November 1 2014 and it is now being decommissioned.

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