Shell has skimmed more than 2,000 barrels of oil spilt from the Glider subsea tieback system at the Brutus tension-leg platform in the Gulf of Mexico which leaked last week. A section of the flow line has been identified as source of the sheen which was then isolated before Shell started cleaning up the oil.
The response led by Shell and the US Coast Guard involves more than 150 personnel, five on-water recovery vessels for skimming, and aerial support, the company reports. So far they have recovered 2,012 barrels of oil-water mixture. One vessel will remain in the area to assess potential environmental impacts from the release.
There have been no reported impacts to the Louisiana coastline or fisheries, and production from the platform’s unaffected direct vertical access wells has resumed. The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which is leading an investigation into the incident, approved Shell's plans to remove and secure the damaged segment of the subsea flow line at Glider
The Brutus platform came onstream in 2001 and currently produces about 100,000 barrels of oil per day.