Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Shell says oil leak has stopped

Shell has said the flow of oil from a leaking pipeline has stopped after divers closed a relief valve on Friday. The pipeline on its Gannet Alpha platform off the coast of Aberdeen had been leaking for over a week.

The company said divers had managed to shut off the leaking relief valve on Friday and no oil had been released since then. Shell said it will continue to monitor the line.

Scottish environment secretary Richard Lochhead said: “The situation will need to be closely monitored … to ensure this has been successful.”

Some 36 concrete mats were laid on the flowline in a process to secure it to the seabed, as the line had been depressurised and there was a problem with buoyancy.

Shell has set up an investigation team to establish the cause of the leak. 

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.