Worker injured after fire breaks out on North Sea platform

A worker has been flown to hospital after a fire broke out on North Sea platform.

The “small fire” broke out on the Taqa-operated Tern Alpha installation, 105 miles north-east of Shetland, at around 2pm today.

A crew member on board sustained an arm injury in the incident and was airlifted to the Gilbert Bain hospital in Lerwick for treatment.

Their family has been informed.

Taqa said the fire was quickly extinguished while production was shut down on the Tern Alpha.

The operator said a full investigation is underway although the cause of the incident is not yet known.

The Health and Safety Executive has been contacted for comment.

Taqa performed a muster of all workers after the fire broke out who were all accounted for and have since been stood down.

A spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “HM Coastguard was contacted just after 14:15 today (14th October) by the Tern Alpha platform requesting assistance after a crew member required medical attention.

“The Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter based at Sumburgh was sent. Lerwick and Sumburgh Coastguard rescue teams were also sent to assist in transferring the person to the ambulance service.”

The Tern Alpha was constructed in 1988 and can accommodate up to 175 workers at a time.

It serves as a production and drilling facility for the Tern, Kestrel, Hudson, Falcon and Cladhan fields

Abu Dhabi-headquartered Taqa operates a number of fields in the UK North Sea, including a 100% operated stake in the Tern, Kestrel, Eider, Cormorant North, South Cormorant, Falcon and Pelican Fields

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