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The Scotsman: Workers evacuated from powerless oilrig (7 August story)

7 August 2007

DOZENS of oil workers were evacuated from a North Sea platform after spending two days with no lights and no hot water.

The 61 staff were flown by helicopter to nearby rigs after the power failed on Shell’s Brent Bravo platform. The company said the workers were taken off on Sunday as a precaution and insisted there had been no threat to their safety.

Two years ago, Shell was fined £900,000 for a series of safety failings that led to the deaths of two men who were overcome by gas on the Brent Bravo.

The platform, 116 miles north-east of Lerwick, is undergoing three months of routine maintenance and the main part of the structure is shut down.

A Shell spokeswoman said: “There was a trip in the power late on Friday. A spare fuel pump was flown out to the platform but at 8pm on Saturday there was another problem and they lost power again.”

http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=1234832007

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