More than 230 employees of the British oil platform Elgin, located in the North Sea were urgently evacuated due to gas leak in it. About the incident, which occurred on Monday, March 26, the agency reported Agence France-Presse.
According to official statistics, only 238 people were evacuated. Among them there is no dead or injured. The task force, consisting of 19 technicians initially remained on the platform in order to clarify the circumstances of the incident, but later on they were compulsorily shipped ashore.
Almost all evacuated workers were sent to Aberdeen, about 70 people were resettled in places intended for temporary accommodation on the shore. The location of the platform, continue to explore the special observers from the plane, which was reported to have discovered water on odd "glint" of unknown origin. Reasons for gas leaks are not yet established and are being investigated.
As is known, the owner of a large oil platform is Elgin company TOTAL E & P UK, which is located off the east coast of Scotland in 240 kilometers. On the platform producing oil and gas.
The most serious accident on the platforms that produce oil, occurred in April 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. The explosion lit up and there was destroyed platform Deepwater Horizon. The explosion killed 11 people. Debris platform zatonuv, damaged the well from which oil has become seamlessly flow into the water. BP has been able to stop the leak until three months later.