THREE North Sea platforms have been shut down and about 100 workers evacuated after a gas leak was discovery.
A Brussels bid to seize control of the safety regime for the North Sea's oil and gas industry has been rejected by MEPs.
A refinery where 15 people were killed in an explosion in 2005 is to be sold by BP after the oil giant agreed a £1.5billion deal.
Energy giant BP said there had been a gas leak on the Ula field operated by the company in the Norwegian North Sea.
Energy giant BP said yesterday that there had been a gas leak on the Ula field operated by the company in the Norwegian North Sea.
North-east firm Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI) said it would open a base in the Middle East as part of international expansion plans.
The safety chief of oil group Total said yesterday that lessons will be learned by it and other companies following its major North Sea gas leak earlier this year.
The head of French oil firm Total said yesterday he expected production from the Elgin-Franklin field to restart before 2013.
The gas leak at a Totalplatform in the North Sea has been plugged.
The operation to plug Total's North Sea gas leak could be completed within days of being launched.
The gas leak at the Elgin platform has not contaminated the surrounding area, according to test results. Scientists at the Marine Scotland laboratory in Aberdeen carried out chemical tests of water and sediment collected two miles from the platform.
Energy giant Total said yesterday that an operation to seal a gas leak from its Elgin platform in the North Sea could be completed within weeks.
Plans to send specialists on board Total's abandoned Elgin platform were delayed yesterday amid fears the wind was blowing the potentially explosive gas cloud closer to the installation.
Energy giant Total last night admitted it is facing a bill of nearly £350million to halt the gas leak on it Elgin platform.
Greenpeace has sent a ship to the Elgin platform to take samples of the air and water.
This is the first picture which shows the gas leak on Total's Elgin platform.
Warm weather across the UK has meant demand for gas is far lower than it would usually be - easing concerns over a drop in supply due to Total's gas leak.
More than £5.6billion has been wiped off Total's shares since Tuesday and the French oil giant could face costs of up to £6billion if its North Sea gas leak leads to an explosion, it emerged last night.
The Scottish environment secretary has called for "absolute transparency" over the gas leak on the Elgin platform.
Shell has completed the shutdown of its Shearwater platform - which is just four miles away from the gas leak.
A senior MP has said lessons must be learned from the gas leak at a North Sea platform.
A hydrocarbon release (HCR) reporting system was set up in 1992 by the Health and Safety Executive following a recommendation made by Lord Cullen in his report on the Piper Alpha disaster. HCR information is regarded within the industry as an offshore installation management performance indicator.
A thick cloud of gas now hangs over the top of the Elgin-Franklin hub which witnesses say can be seen for miles.
OIL production has been suspended indefinitely in two fields in Azerbaijan as a result of a gas leak - halving output from a group of offshore deposits in the Caspian Sea.