Apache has launched an investigation into its Beryl Bravo platform after smoke was detected from a gas turbine, it was today confirmed.
The incident unfolded on Monday. The turbine has since been shutdown.
A spokesperson said: “Apache North Sea, as operator, can confirm the detection of smoke from a gas turbine on the Beryl Bravo platform on 11 September 2017.
“As a precaution, the turbine has been shutdown. All personnel on-board the platform were called to muster and everyone was accounted for. The safety and wellbeing of everyone on board is Apache’s priority.
“An investigation is now underway to determine the cause of the smoke from the turbine.”
The Beryl oil field is located 180 miles north north-east of Aberdeen, in the UK sector of the northern North Sea.
Production at the field began from Beryl Alpha (Beryl A platform) in 1976. Beryl Bravo began producing oil in 1984.
Oil from Beryl Bravo is pumped through a pipeline to Beryl Alpha through an atmospheric separator. Oil is initially stored in a concrete structure and is transferred to shuttle tankers through single point moorings.
The gas is distributed through the Scottish Area Gas Travels (SAGE) transportation and processing system. SAGE started processing gas from Beryl Field in 1992