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Clouds of explosive gas in the North Sea after accident and platforms are evacuated

Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Two rigs evacuated after North Sea gas leak as workers removed from two Shell installations after evacuation of workers from Elgin platform where leak was discovered.

This comes as a gigantic cloud of explosive gas formed in the North Sea off the Scottish coast as a gas platform exhibited gas leak. It may take several months before one could manage to stop the leak.

It was last Sunday that the French company Total discovered the leak in its gas and oil platform, 24 mile from the Scottish coast.

On Monday morning the 238 workers there were evacuated from the rig and yesterday Shell announced that staff on their platforms left the area because of the risk of explosion and toxic gas.

According to the French company, it may take up to six months before they’ll manage to plug the leak, but it is hoped that the discharge will die out by itself. A spokesman said the cloud, which is visible to workers on near by platforms, was made up of condensate – described as being "like a very light petrol" – which the company said would ultimately evaporate in the atmosphere.

Still, there is nothing to suggest that the leak is slowing and a flight and shipping free zone has been established around the platform.

Unions have called for all platforms within the surrounding area to be evacuated and environmental organizations are worried about the effects of the leak. A thin layer of oil has also been sighted in the area.

Now the experts who had previously worked with the big oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are on their way to the area.
By Team

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