The Government has welcomed the news that Shell has successful vented remaining gas from the stricken Gannet pipeline. Between the 10th and 19th of August this year, the pipe released 218 tonnes of oil into the North Sea
Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State’s Representative (SOSREP) for Maritime Salvage and Intervention said he was happy with Shell’s salvage operation: “I am pleased to announce that the latest phase to remove gas trapped in the Gannet pipeline has been successful. Shell’s surveys show that almost all the gas has been removed. No pollution was sighted during the gas venting operation and the joint DECC and HSE investigation into the cause of the incident continues.”
Shell sent divers 300 feet under the sea to the 4.1km pipeline in order to release some of the trapped gas.
All operations were said to go safely without having had an impact on the environment.
Shell are continuing to work with DECC and HSE to understand the cause of the leak.