Shell evacuates platform after leak
Posted Fri, 10 Feb 2012
Oil giant Shell has said it had to partially evacuate an oil platform in the North Sea earlier this week after members of staff noticed a gas leak.
Helicopters brought 48 of the Gannet Alpha platform's 76 staff to the mainland and production was halted while investigations into the leak were carried out.
A Shell spokeswoman said: "The problem was identified when staff noticed a shimmering under the platform on Monday afternoon. The platform was successfully down-manned of all non-essential personnel as a precaution."
She added that the leak was a "one-off release" and that the Health and Safety Executive, the coastguard and other authorities were kept informed.
Shell said staff numbers at Gannet Alpha, which is located around 112 miles east of Aberdeen, will continue to be reduced until after the investigation.
The incident follows a leak in the flowline to the platform last August which caused the region's worst oil spill for a decade, with 200 tonnes of oil flowing into the North Sea.
Copyright Press Association 2012