Oil workers evacuated from North Sea rig

71 workers have been evacuated from an oil platform in the North Sea after a leak was discovered during maintenance work.

The operator TAQA Bratani said that non-essential staff were taken off the Cormorant Alpha platform as a precaution and that the leak has now been contained.

This is the second time this year that staff have been evacuated from the platform following the discovery of a leak.

The hydrocarbons discovered at 0940 today during maintenance work have now been flushed through with sea water. The platform and all pipeline infrastructure remains shut down as a precaution. The release was contained within the leg and no hydrocarbons were released into the environment.

– TAQA Bratani spokesman