Will Shell’s new plans for decommissioning in the N. Sea be another Brent Spar PR disaster?

Shell's Brent Delta platform , shortly after it opened in the 1970s. It stopped production in 2011.
Shell’s Brent Delta platform, shortly after it opened in the 1970s. It stopped production in 2011.

By ALEX RUSSELL and PETER STRACHAN

Shell is preparing to start the decommissioning of its four gigantic oil platforms in the famous Brent field in the Scottish part of the North Sea – a huge undertaking.

Unfortunately, the company plans to dismantle only the topsides of the platforms. It wants to leave the Eiffel-tower sized legs, including 64 giant storage cells at the base of these structures, in place.

They will take hundreds of years to disintegrate, so we call on the UK government and other North Sea governments to call a halt to these plans. We also demand that the Scottish government have a say in the project.

Read the full article on our POLICY PLATFORM section on the home page of the Scottish Energy News website; – goo.gl/6lFwbG

 

 

 

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