Shell Resumes Production from Brent Alpha Platform

Shell has restarted production from its Brent Alpha platform in the UK North Sea, which had been closed since an accident two months ago. "Alpha restarted late on Saturday and it's now approaching a return to full production," said a spokesman for Shell.

Prior to the shutdown, Alpha was producing 5,000 barrels of oil and 88 million cubic feet (2.49 million cubic meters) per day of gas, said Shell. Output from Alpha flows through the Brent Bravo platform, which restarted production last week.

The Alpha, Brent and Charlie platforms were shut down on September 11 after an accident that killed two workers. Charlie would remain closed until early 2004 for repairs and maintenance, the spokesman said, repeating an estimate given last week.