Shell wants to leave decommissioned platform in North Sea

The decommissioning of old platforms in the Brent field is so challenging that Shell has submitted an application to let parts of a platform remain in the North Sea for safety reasons.

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While the rig-to-reef principle has applied many other places in the world, it is highly uncommon for oil companies to be allowed to leave the submarine parts of decommissioned platforms in the North Sea.

Now Shell may set precedence if the company's application is approved. The application was submitted to the UK's Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

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