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BP shuts down platform after leak from undersea oil pipe

BP has shut down an oil platform west of Shetland after a leak from an undersea pipe was discovered.

A hairline crack was found during a routine inspection of the flowline near the Foinaven platform, 120 miles west of Shetland, early on Sunday morning.

It could have been leaking for up to 12 days, but the company said the leak was stopped within an hour of its discovery.

It said searches of the area had found no evidence of pollution.

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