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Plans for decommissioning giant North Sea field advance

ROYAL Dutch Shell has unveiled plans for decommissioning one of the biggest fields in the North Sea in a landmark move that should provide a major boost to the Scottish economy in coming years.

The oil and gas giant is launching a public consultation on removing one of the production platforms used on the massive Brent field north east of Shetland. This is a key step in the process for removing the production facilities for the field, which is expected to last more than 10 years and involve an outlay of billions of pounds.

Shell will have to remove four production platforms, 60 miles of pipelines and plug 140 wells on the field.

The size of the facilities means this will be the largest decommissioning project Shell has completed in the North Sea.

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