Hydrocarbon leak leads to North Sea platform closure

Hydrocarbons have been detected in one of the legs of the Cormorant Alpha platform in the northern UK North Sea.

The installation, owned and operated by TAQA Bratani, handles approximately 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil, of which 42,600bpd are produced by TAQA.

Non-essential crew were scheduled to leave the platform, located 232 miles from Peterhead and 94 miles from Lerwick, via helicopter on 15 January.

Since the discovery, hydrocarbon levels have been continually monitored and the platform, along with all infrastructure, has been shut down.