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Heather Alpha platform evacuated

27 November 2008

After 20 tonnes of oil leaked from the processing module into surrounding waters, 57 non-essential staff were evacuated as a precaution using three helicopters from the Heather Alpha platform, 60 miles east of Shetland at 10.30am on the 31st October 2008.

Offshore platform off the coast of Scotland
Offshore platform off the coast of Scotland

There was no fire on board and 34 core staff remained on board to deal with the spillage and Petrofac, the duty holder of the installation, used its own equipment to evacuate the staff, implying that the incident was not large enough to involve emergency services. No one was injured in the event. The incident occurred three days after the chief executive of Petrofac warned that some oil platforms in the North Sea were falling apart. The Heather Alpha platform started production in 1978 and is operated by Lundin Petroleum, a Swedish oil and gas exploration and production company.

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