9 February 2012
Nearly 50 workers had to be evacuated from a North Sea oil platform after natural gas began seeping out beneath it, it has emerged.
Shell said staff were taken off the Gannet Alpha installation on Monday as a precaution. Production was shut down.
The oil giant said the incident was not linked to last August’s leak of more than 200 tonnes of oil from a pipeline beneath the Gannet Alpha.
The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.
The Gannet Alpha oil platform is 113 miles (180km) off Aberdeen.