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North Cormorant platform workers evacuated after gas leak

North Cormorant
Image caption Taqa Bratani's North Cormorant is 109 miles off Lerwick

An investigation is under way after more than 90 workers were evacuated from a North Sea oil platform following a gas leak.

They were taken to nearby installations after the alarm was raised on the North Cormorant platform at about 05:00 on Sunday.

Operators Taqa Bratani said the platform was shut down as a precaution. The neighbouring feeder Tern and Eider installations were also shut down.

No-one was injured in the incident.

Taqa said late on Monday afternoon that production on North Cormorant, Tern and Eider was in the process of being restarted.

Re-manning of North Cormorant was happening "as soon as logistically possible" with all personnel expected back on board by end of the week.

Taqa originally said 92 non-essential crew had been transferred, from a total of 202 personnel.

The North Cormorant platform is 109 miles off Lerwick in Shetland.

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