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UK safety probe after Buzzard fire reports

by on April 23, 2012 9:56 am BST
 

The
incident occurred on Saturday on the Buzzard production sweetening (PS)
platform, which is bridge-linked to the main Buzzard facility.

All staff
were accounted for and no one was injured.

HSE said it
was investigating but was unable to give further information, and few confirmed details
of the incident are currently available.

Operator
Nexen was unavailable for comment on Monday morning.

It is not
known how much damage occurred or if Buzzard, which last year was producing
around 200,000 barrels of oil per day but has faced reliability issues, was
shut in at the time of the incident.

Unconfirmed
accounts from industry sources said workers were brought to muster in readiness
to evacuate after indications of a fire in an area of the PS platform
containing a compressor booster pump.

It is
understood a deluge sprinkler system was activated and that a firefighting team
sent to investigate discovered smoke.

The muster
was stood down after three hours.

The
incident comes as French oil major Total continues its battle to contain a gas
leak which began on 25 March at its Elgin platform in the UK North Sea.