Offshore Gas Leak Shuts Down North Sea Oil Platform

Published at 09:09AM - 29/12/15

An offshore gas leak has caused the shutdown of the Brae Alpha North Sea oil platform, operated by Houston based Marathon Oil.

Offshore Gas Leak

According to sources, the gas leak occurred on the offshore platform during Boxing Day (26th Dec), shutting down the platform around 1635.

It’s unclear whether any personnel have been evacuated from the Brae Alpha, although no injuries have been reported. The platform remains shutdown whilst work continues to rectify the problem.

Offshore Post has tried to contact Marathon Oil, but company is currently unavailable for comment on the matter.

Brae Alpha Gas Leaks

The incident will be the second significant gas leak on the platform this year alone, and coming only weeks after the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued Marathon with an improvement notice on the matter.

The HSE’s investigation into the first gas leak found that the Brae Alpha’s risers were badly corroded, and had caused the spill of gas.

The report into the incident found that one of the risers was “operating beyond its design life and apart from a visual inspection there is insufficient information to ensure that the riser has been maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair, thus putting the health and safety of individuals on the platform at risk.”

As part of the HSE’s demands, Marathon has until April 2016 to satisfy the HSE that they have complied with the improvement notice.

Marathon Oil prides itself in being the “safest, most reliable, low-cost operator in the North Sea”.

Marathon Brae Alpha

The Brae Alpha platform is located 155 miles (248km) offshore Aberdeen, Scotland.  It is operated by Marathon oil for partners, BP, Centrica, GDF Suez, Nippon Oil and TAQA.