19 August 2011 18:45 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Shell has closed a leaking relief valve at a flowline at its Gannet Alpha oil platform in the ?xml:namespace>
Shell will be monitoring the flowline to check that it remains sealed and then plans to remove residual oil from inside the depressurised line, it said.
Overall, around 218 tonnes, or 1,300 bbl, of oil entered the
Shell added that it has deployed three vessels on site with dispersants and specialised oil spill response equipment.
“We are continuing to monitor the conditions of the sea which affect the dispersal of the oil, in conjunction with [environmental agency] Marine Scotland, and to undertake surveys of bird and marine life by air surveillance and vessels in the area,” the company said.
These surveys have indicated “no significant impact on the environment”, it added.
Meanwhile, Shell set up an investigation team to determine the cause of the leak, it said.
Shell earlier described the 1,300 bbl-spill as “significant” in the context of annual amounts of oil spilled in the
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