Shell Charged Over Offshore North Sea Oil Leak

Published at 04:59PM - 20/11/15

Royal Dutch Shell as been charged over a subsea oil leak that occurred around the offshore Gannet Alpha oil and gas platform in the UK North Sea.

The leak occurred back in 2011, causing over 200 tonnes of Brent crude oil to spill into the central North Sea, from the subsea pipeline 300 feet (91m) below the surface.

The investigation found that Shell was eventually able to bring the leak under control, however the actions caused a second leak to start, which on its own was spilling at a rate of 80 gallons of crude oil per day.

The leak was first spotted, by an offshore helicopter flight to the platform, 113 miles (180km) due east of Aberdeen.

At the time, Shell had said that it had monitored the situation and could not see any effects on wildlife.

The case will now be heard at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, on Tuesday 24th November 2015.

Shell Comment

Having contacted Shell, a spokesman told Offshore Post: “Shell UK is expecting the outcome of the Gannet prosecution on Tuesday 24th November. This follows the August 2011 oil spill from a subsea pipeline operated by Shell in the Gannet field in the Central North Sea.”

Last updated on 11:37AM - 23/11/15