Tim Eggar, U.K. minister of industry and energy, has announced government approval of a plan by Shell U.K. Exploration & Production to dump its Brent spar offshore loading buoy this summer in deep water off Northwest Britain. Paul Dymond, chairman of the abandonment committee of the U.K. Offshore Operators Association, confirmed the Brent spar platform in the U.K. North Sea will be ditched in the Atlantic Ocean in more than 2,000 m of water. A Shell official said the company had surveyed a number of possible disposal sites. Eggar called the Brent spar a good example of deep sea disposal as the best environmental option. ...

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