Germany calls crisis meet over Shell North Sea platforms

Not all of Shell’s North sea platforms, like this Brent Delta Topside rig, are towed back to ports for decommissioning

Germany said Wednesday it had called a special meeting of international partners this week to pressure Royal Dutch Shell to remove old rigs containing crude oil in the North Sea.

An environment ministry spokesman said Berlin had convened signatory countries of the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR) on Friday in London.

“Germany finds it absolutely unacceptable that these quantities remain in these structures,” said the spokesman, Stephan Gabriel Haufe, citing a “danger for the environment”.

“That is why we have made our objections to this known.”

He said the participants at the special meeting—the first of its kind—would “insist” Shell dismantle the rigs.

The OSPAR convention groups Belgium, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Britain along with Luxembourg and Switzerland.

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