BP has started flying workers back to a North Sea platform which was evacuated Saturday following a power cut.
A total of 144 workers were on the West of Shetland Clair platform at 5.45am on Saturday, March 18 when the incident took place.
The majority were flown back to Shetland while the operators worked to resolve the issue.
The platform’s production was shut down at the time due to maintenance work.
A spokesman today said:“BP can confirm that power is being restored to the Clair platform following an outage Saturday morning and personnel are beginning to be returned to the platform.”
The Clair platform is 75km to the west of Shetland.
Late last year, the platform’s production was shut down after an oil leak.
BP carried out 30 surveillance flights in the wake of the incident.
With an estimated eight billion barrels of oil in place, the Clair Field is the largest oilfield on the UK Continental Shelf. The field was discovered in 1977, but it was “only with significant advances in technology and innovative engineering that the first phase of development was made possible”, according to BP.
Clair, the first fixed platform west of Shetland, started producing in 2005.
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