Shell Uncertain of Shearwater Field Restart

Shell still does not have a date when its North Sea Shearwater field would restart after an unplanned outage caused a closure of the platform. "There is still no update on the cause (of the shutdown)," a Shell spokesman said.

The platform was shut-in on March 29 due to problems at one of its six wells and the spokesman said the rig that was brought to the platform for investigation work and was still there.

The Shell spokesman said that production would restart once the investigation is completed and any remedial work has been finished.

The field was running at full capacity prior to the shutdown, has a total daily gas production of 370 million cubic feet and oil output of 80,000 barrels a day.