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Shell continues investigation into offshore pipe mishap

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 08.27.16“We are still completing our assessment to fully understand what happened,” said Cameron Yost, spokesperson for Shell Canada Thursday.

“It’s too early to discuss the results or what our next steps may be.”

Earlier this year, the Stena IceMAX, a ship contracted by Shell Canada, dropped a specialized pipe, called a riser, onto the ocean floor.

The riser, used to connect a drill ship to an subsea well head, is now at the bottom of 2,000 metres of water.

The incident was caused by poor weather and rough seas, Shell officials said. No drill fluid or oil was leaked.

The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board has previously said that Shell Canada will not be permitted to restart drilling operations until the board is satisfied the company can do so safely.

“We will continue to work closely with the CNSOPB over the course of this process and will only move forward once we have satisfied both the board that we can do so safely,” said Yost.

The IceMAX has returned to the site to deploy a remotely operated vehicle to inspect Shell’s riser, and possibly devise a plan to lift it.

That would require a highly specialized ship.

There are no official plans yet for what vessel will be used to retrieve the riser, said Yost.

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