SHELL WANTS TO LEAVE
Three concrete structures each weighing as much as the Empire State Building are likely to be abandoned on the bed of the North Sea under plans by Shell to decommission the Brent platforms.
The oil company is set to ask regulators for an opt-out from international rules requiring the complete removal of platforms that have been shut down.
The rules were drawn up after a battle in the mid-1990s between Shell and environmental campaigners over where the company would dispose of the Brent Spar storage facility.
Shell is consulting experts and commercial…
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