Taqa begins North Cormorant restart

Flying back: Taqa says all staff will be back on North Cormorant by the end of the week

TAQA Bratani has said it has begun the process of restarting production on North Cormorant and neighbouring Tern and Eider in the UK North Sea after a confirmed gas leak on North Cormorant on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the Abu Dhabi-headquartered operator told Upstream the explorer would begin re-manning the affected platform “as soon as logistically possible”, adding that Taqa Bratani now expected to have North Cormorant fully staffed by the end of the week.

The explorer said early on Sunday it had been forced to airlift non-essential crew off the North Cormorant after a suspected gas leak, and later halted output on the two neighbouring facilities as a precautionary measure.

The trio normally produce 25,000 barrels per day.

The company said it had airlifted 92 non-essential workers off the facility following the discovery of the leak at 05:15 local time., leaving 110 staff on board.

The company stressed there was no ongoing gas leak or risk of explosion linked to the incident.

Taqa Bratani has initiated an internal probe to investigate the cause of the leak, which has not yet been established.

A spokesman for the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) said the HSE was aware of the incident and was making initial inquiries.

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