Oil platform leak sparks evacuation

AFP-JIJI

An oil leak at a North Sea platform caused it to be partially evacuated on Saturday, its Middle East operator said, the second such incident at the installation in less than two months.

The Alpha Cormorant platform and the pipeline system it services were shut down as a precaution, operator Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. said.

The company said no oil was released into the environment during the leak.

A similar leak occurred at the platform on Jan. 15, also causing the shutdown of the platform and the pipeline infrastructure.