North Sea operator warned sister platforms set-up risks lives if caught in leak again

A North Sea operator has been reprimanded by watchdogs over the set-up of two offshore platforms.

Oil workers responding to what was assumed to be a false gas alarm on the Davy installation found themselves trapped by a “highly flammable” hydrocarbon release capable of killing everyone onboard earlier this year.

The ten crew members were left stranded on board the normally unmanned platform unable to seek shelter in the safety refuges due to the cloud of un-ignited gas “compromising” escape routes off the platform.

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