Shell Evacuates Brent Bravo Platform North Sea

Published at 12:09PM - 08/02/16

Shell evacuates Brent Bravo platform North Sea as damage to one of the its three concrete legs deems the structure unsafe, with heavy storms imminent.

Shell broke the news Monday, stating that the platform was evacuated Sunday as a precautionary measure.

Shell Evacuates Brent Bravo Platform

A spokesman for the oil and gas supermajor stated that the damage was not caused by the recent North Sea storm, as it was noticed prior the storm reaching the platform.

However the spokesman did state that due to the incoming storm, repairs on the leg were unable to take place.

The spokesman said: “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.

“Relevant authorities have been notified and further information will be provided as it becomes available.”

On the repair of the leg, the spokesman added: “Maintenance will begin today.”

Its believed that 79 offshore workers have been evacuated, with 40 being transferred to the Brent Charlie and 39 transferred to the Brent Delta.

Figures on how many personnel have been left onboard are unclear.

Brent Brave Platform

The Shell operated Brent Bravo sits at the centre of the world famous oil field that gave its name to the crude oil benchmark.

Located approximately 115 miles (185km) offshore Shetland UK; the platform has been producing oil and gas since 1975 and was the first of four platforms to service the field.

The concrete leg construction used on Brent Bravo, known as Condeep, was ground breaking technology at the time of Bravo’s build and only the second time the method was used in this way.

The Norwegian pioneered method has since gone on to be used in the construction of multiple platforms, most frequently in the harsh environment of the North Sea, and to a depth of 303 metres (994ft) on the giant Troll A platform in the Norwegian sector.