Petrofac Says Investigation Underway at Thistle Alpha Platform

Petrofac, as duty holder of the Thistle Alpha installation on behalf of Lundin Britain, can confirm that following an incident on Sunday, November 25, 116 non-essential personnel were down manned to the nearby Murchison and Dunlin platforms.

Safety systems and the emergency response team worked as designed. The situation has now been resolved. A full investigation is being conducted into the incident. Production has been shut down.

Fifty-three of the 116 non-essential personnel who were down manned to the Murchison and Dunlin platforms returned to the Thistle Alpha platform during the afternoon of Sunday, November 25 whilst 63 remained on the Murchison platform overnight. All personnel are safe and well.

There were originally 159 personnel on the Thistle Alpha platform and 43 personnel remained on the platform throughout. A fire was reported on the platform at 08.07 on Sunday in the turbine module and was confirmed extinguished at 10:45.

The Thistle Alpha installation is located approximately 523 km (325 miles) north-north east of Aberdeen and comprises a steel jacket supporting a three deck platform, accommodation and heli-deck.