Updated: Shell’s Brent C downmanning after gas leak

Non-essential workers have been downmanned from Shell’s Brent Charlie platform in the North Sea following a gas leak.

It is understood a gas detection alarm was set off yesterday (Fri) morning on the platform.

Platform personnel were brought to muster, as is standard practice. All 176 workers were safely accounted for and no injuries were reported.

Shell said production has been halted and the leak has been “isolated”.

The oil major has not given any information on the volume of gas involved but there is not through to have been any associated environmental issues.

A full investigation is to take place.

Around 30 non-essential personnel have been downmanned due to production being shut in.

A Shell spokeswoman said: “Shell UK Limited can confirm we responded to an incident on our Brent Charlie platform yesterday morning. Shell’s focus remains to ensure the safety of the people on board the asset and the safe resolution of this incident.

“Following a gas detection alarm, production was shutdown and the platform called to muster. The source of the leak has been safely detected and isolated, and a full investigation into the cause will be completed.

“All 176 personnel on board have been accounted for and a precautionary partial downman of 31 non-essential personnel is underway.

“Relevant authorities have been informed.”

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