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25 years since oil rig disaster

The 25th anniversary of the world's worst offshore oil tragedy is to be marked by a special commemoration service. On July 6, 1988, 167 people died after a gas leak on the North Sea platform ignited, engulfing Piper Alpha in a massive fireball.

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'Lessons have been learned' over Piper Alpha disaster

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Lessons are being learned to make sure an offshore disaster never happens again, the Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore said to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster.

Mr Moore said: "It is important that we never forget those who have lost their lives in our oil and gas industry. 25 years on from Piper Alpha, the loss of 167 lives is something that families and communities across the whole country are still coming to terms with".

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