Buchan Alpha oil platform in the UK North Sea has been evacuated as a result of severe weather forecast.
In an e-mail sent to Offshore Energy Today, Talisman-Sinopec, the operator of the Buchan Alpha, said that it had completed the evacuation of 75 workers on Sunday.
“As per the installation’s Safety Case, we began the planned procedure on Thursday (23 January) as a result of severe weather forecasts and in advance of the sea state exceeding the stated level over the weekend. Production was shutdown on Thursday and will remain shut down while we continue to monitor the weather conditions,” Talisman-Sinopec said.
The company has further said that it will return the workers to the platform, and will resume normal operations when conditions improve.
This is the second Buchan Alpha evacuation case in the past two months. In early December last year, the company had evacuated 85 workers ahead of a storm.