Shell to Begin Investigation into Shearwater Platform Pressu

Shell will begin an investigation at its Shearwater platform in the North Sea next week. They will try to determine the cause of pressure changes in a well which led to Shell halting production at the platform since March 29th.

Before further investigation could take place, engineers had to remove all pressure in the well. And now that the pressure has been eliminated, a drilling rig will be used to further evaluate the well.

The U.K. safety regulatory body, Health and Safety Executive, said that it is monitoring developments at the platform and says once Shell has secured the well they will determine if any action on their part is necessary.

The Shearwater field is located in the Central North Sea in block 22/30b approximately 138 miles east of Aberdeen and produces approximately 370 million cubic feet of gas per day and 80,000 barrels of oil per day.