Sunday, November 25, 2007

Fire on board Oil Production platform

25 Nov 2007 12:32 Africa/Lagos


Fire on board Oil Production platform

London, 25 November/GNN/ --

MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY News Release (3) issued by The Government

News Network on 25 November 2007

Aberdeen Coastguard is co-ordinating assistance to the Thistle Alpha Production
Platform, which has an escalating fire, 124 miles north east of Sumburgh.

The Coastguard was called at 8.10 am this morning to report that assistance
was required. There are 159 people on board.

The onboard fire team is working to extinguish the fire.

The decision has been made by the oil production company Petrofac to begin
down manning of the platform. Aberdeen Coastguard has scrambled the Gullfacs
helicopter and the Coastguard helicopter Mike Uniform from Sumburgh.

For further information please contact:

The out of hours duty press officer on
pager 07699 704430 or mobile 07703 584024

or during office hours:
Maritime and Coastguard Agency Public Relations Office: (023) 8032 9401

Press releases and further information about the Agency is available on the
Web at www.mcga.gov.uk



Source: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

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