Shell deploys divers to stem leak

Royal Dutch Shell is dispatching divers to help clamp down on its oil leak in the North Sea. The oil company has been working to contain the spill at the […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Royal Dutch Shell is dispatching divers to help clamp down on its oil leak in the North Sea. The oil company has been working to contain the spill at the Gannet Alpha rig since last Wednesday. Divers and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) will remove panels and gratings to see how to close the valve safely, according to a statement from Shell.

Glen Cayley, Technical Director of Shell’s exploration and production activities in Europe, said they were making “good progress in stopping the leakage from the flowline to the Gannet platform”, adding that the flow rate currently stands at less than one barrel a day.