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BP's Clair oil platform shut down after leak

03 October 2016

BP has shut down its Clair oil platform in the North Atlantic after a significant oil leak was reported on October 2. The company said about 95 tonnes had been released into the sea and that the slick was being monitored by aircraft which reported it being carried in a northerly direction away from land. BP said: “The release was stopped within an hour once the issue had been identified and Clair production was taken offline.”

The Clair oil platform - Image: BP
The Clair oil platform - Image: BP

The leak on the platform, situated 75km west of Shetland, was caused by a technical issue with a system designed to separate the mixed production fluids of water, oil and gas, the company said.

BP said it thought allowing the oil to disperse naturally at sea was the best way to deal with the spill, although other options have not been ruled out. “The most recent surveillance flight already indicates significant dispersal of the oil at the surface,” the company said in a statement.

Oil spill and environmental experts from BP, Oil Spill Response Limited and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are working to assess any potential impact of the spill on the environment.

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