North Sea rig evacuated after discovery of leak

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MORE than 70 workers were evacuated from the Cormorant Alpha North Sea oil platform yesterday morning after a leak was discovered in one of its legs – the second such incident this year.

Operators TAQA Bratani said the rig has been shut as a precaution while they investigate.

Referring to the incident, Jake Molloy of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union said many North Sea rigs were “well past their sell-by date”.