TAQA confirms oil leak, shuts down Cormorant Alpha platformStaff writer ▼ | January 15, 2013
For now there is no environmental spill. The oil was detected in one of the legs of the Cormorant Alpha platform in the northern UK North Sea at 16.15 hours local UK time on January 14.
"Since the discovery, hydrocarbon levels have been continually monitored. The platform and all pipeline infrastructure have been shut down as a precaution. The hydrocarbons are contained within the platform leg and none have been released into the environment. A technical team is investigating the source of the hydrocarbons", said the company in the statement.
There are 159 people on board, all of them have been accounted for and they are all safe and well. TAQA stopped all non-essential work on the platform and focused all efforts on addressing the issue. The company also announced that all non-essential crew will leave the installation.
Cormorant Alpha hplatform andles approximately 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil, of which 42,600 bpd are produced by TAQA. The installation is owned and operated by TAQA Bratani Ltd and is located 232 miles from Peterhead and 94 miles from Lerwick. ■