BP Shuts Platform After Oil Spill

BP Shuts Platform After Oil Spill

BP has shut down its Clair platform in the North Sea after an oil leak Sunday, the company said in an email. The leak was caused by a technical issue on the remote platform, which is 75 kilometers west of Shetland. The size of the spill was not immediately disclosed, but some news outlets have estimated the leak at about 95 tons of oil, Market Watch reported. The platform "has been shut down and the release has been stopped. All personnel have been accounted for and there are no injuries," a BP spokesman said in the emailed statement. The leak was caused by a technical issue with a system designed to separate the mixed production fluids of water, oil and gas, the company said following an investigation. The leak is about two and a half times smaller than the biggest North Sea spill in recent years, at Shell’s Gannet platform off Aberdeen in 2011.


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