25 November 2007
Petrofac, as duty holder of the Thistle Alpha installation on behalf of Lundin Britain Limited, can confirm that following the incident this morning, 116 non essential personnel have been down manned to the nearby Murchison and Dunlin platforms.
There were originally 159 personnel on board and 43 personnel remain on the platform. All are safe and well.
A fire was reported on the platform at 08.07 today in the turbine module and was confirmed extinguished at 10:45.
All relevant authorities have been notified. A full investigation as to the cause of the fire is underway.
The Thistle Alpha installation is located approximately 523 km (325 miles) north north east of Aberdeen and comprises a steel jacket supporting a 3 deck platform, accommodation and helideck.
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