Shell has been dealing with the release of an estimated 1,300 barrels of oil from a leak near the platform discovered last week.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change said it was a “substantial” spill, but should disperse naturally. Quaint little contradiction there.
The oil company said it was working to locate the second leak. Which is jolly decent of them isn’t it?
Glen Cayley, technical director of Shell’s exploration and production activities in Europe, said: “We’ve got a very complex sub-sea infrastructure and the position of the leak is in an awkward place with a lot of marine growth.
“It’s taken our diving crews some time to establish exactly and precisely where that leak is coming from.”
It is not anticipated that oil will reach the shore and indeed it is expected that it will be dispersed naturally”
The spokesman added: “Although small in comparison to the Macondo, Gulf of Mexico, incident, in the context of the UK Continental Shelf the spill is substantial.
“But it is not anticipated that oil will reach the shore and indeed it is expected that it will be dispersed naturally.
“Current estimates are that the spill could be several hundred tonnes.”
Greenpeace has expressed concern about the lack of information coming from Shell.
The Gannet oil field reportedly produced about 13,500 barrels of oil per day between January and April of this year.
The field is co-owned by Esso, a subsidiary of US oil firm Exxon, but is operated by Shell.