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Shell platform to shut down amid continuing concerns about safety

JULY 6, 2011

The Shell-operated Brent Charlie platform 125 miles north-east of Lerwick is to shut down from next Friday on the orders of oil industry regulators amid continuing concerns about safety.

No oil has been pumped ashore from the installation, the hub for the Brent pipeline that comes into Sullom Voe, since January and gas production, which goes through the FLAGS pipeline to St Fergus on the north-east coast of Scotland, has been restricted to one well.

But now the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has served Shell with a legally-enforceable prohibition notice which means the operator will have to cease production entirely. An HSE spokesman declined to give details of the “safety issues” it was concerned about for legal reasons. read more

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Energy Firms Prepare for Ike

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Energy Firms Prepare for Ike

By ISABEL ORDONEZ
September 9, 2008; Page C14

With Hurricane Ike on the horizon, energy companies in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico are bringing employees onshore again and preparing to halt production just days after they began restaffing following Hurricane Gustav.

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Crude-oil and natural-gas producers were in the middle of restoring operations after Gustav, which forced the shut-in of virtually all output before the hurricane made landfall Sept. 1 just southwest of New Orleans.

Oil-output volumes stayed flat on Monday compared with the previous day, with about 20% of U.S. Gulf output restored, according to the U.S. Minerals Management Service. Gas output continued growing, though, with 36% of capacity back on line. read more

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Hurricane Ike adds to oil chaos

Royal Dutch Shell yesterday said it had evacuated about 150 people from its offshore facilities, leaving a further 500 personnel in place: "We will continue to bring personnel back to shore, with the intention of completing a full evacuation of personnel from Shell-operated facilities on Wednesday, in advance of Ike.

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Energy Sector Hums Again

Royal Dutch Shell PLC, operator of the Gulf's biggest platform in terms of production, over the weekend said it wouldn't redeploy all personnel evacuated from offshore facilities "because of the possibility that Hurricane Ike might enter the [Gulf of Mexico] next week and require another evacuation."

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Shell stops returning workers to Gulf due to Ike

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Shell Oil Co said it stopped returning workers to offshore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday due to Hurricane Ike's threat to pass through oil and natural gas production areas next week.

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