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    Brutus shut in for repairs

    News // March 1, 2002
    Shell Exploration & Production Company (SEPCo) has confirmed that it shut in its Brutus tension leg platform (TLP) on February 12th. The TLP, located in Green Canyon Block 158 in the Gulf of Mexico, was shut in due to valve failures in the production processing system. All systems were de-pressurized and there is no safety or environmental risk to the platform or personnel.

    It is expected that production will remain shut in while an investigation is conducted and repairs are made. While a definitive cause is under investigation, there are some initial indications suggesting that stimulation fluids from a well may have entered the gas processing system causing equipment damage. Other potential causes are being investigated.

    At the time, Brutus was producing 60,000 barrels of oil per day and 90 million cubic feet of natural gas per day from four wells, with a fifth well shut in. Ongoing drilling operations on the sixth well are unaffected.

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