NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Workers being taken off Taqa's North Sea Cormorant Alpha platform

Cormorant Alpha
Image caption Taqa Bratani's Cormorant Alpha platform is about 94 miles off Shetland

Workers are being taken off a North Sea platform after hydrocarbons were detected in one of its legs, it has been announced.

The incident - understood to involve oil - is at Taqa Bratani's Cormorant Alpha platform, which is about 94 miles off Shetland.

There are 159 people on board and all are said to be safe and well.

All non-essential crew are being taken off the installation, and the platform shut down, as a precaution.

Source investigation

The hydrocarbons are said to be contained within the platform leg and none have been released into the sea.

A technical team is investigating the source.

The non-essential personnel are leaving the platform on scheduled helicopter flights.

The hydrocarbons were found late on Monday afternoon.

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