Shell Restarts Production from Brent Delta Platform

Shell has restarted production from its Brent Delta platform in the UK North Sea, but the other three platforms in the Brent field remain closed after last week's accident.

Brent Delta produces around 10,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil and 160 million cubic feet per day of natural gas. The Brent field in total produces around 35,000 bpd of oil and 800 million cubic feet (22.65 million cubic meters) per day of natural gas.

The accident caused by a gas release, killed two oil workers. The timing for reopening the other three Brent platforms, Alpha, Bravo and Charlie would depend on the progress of an investigation into the accident, a Shell spokesman said.

The rest of the Brent crude system was unaffected by the accident. Brent is one of about 30 fields that feeds into the Brent crude system, benchmark crude oil for European, Middle East and African oil trade. It makes up around 10 percent of the 350,000 bpd Brent crude stream.