Workers being taken off Taqa's North Sea Cormorant Alpha platform

Cormorant Alpha Taqa Bratani's Cormorant Alpha platform is about 94 miles off Shetland

Workers are being taken off a North Sea platform after hydrocarbons were detected in one of its legs, it has been announced.

The incident - understood to involve oil - is at Taqa Bratani's Cormorant Alpha platform, which is about 94 miles off Shetland.

There are 159 people on board and all are said to be safe and well.

All non-essential crew are being taken off the installation, and the platform shut down, as a precaution.

Source investigation

The hydrocarbons are said to be contained within the platform leg and none have been released into the sea.

A technical team is investigating the source.

The non-essential personnel are leaving the platform on scheduled helicopter flights.

The hydrocarbons were found late on Monday afternoon.

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