More than 60 workers are being evacuated from BP’s ETAP platform in the North Sea following “an issue with the power generation system”.
The alarm was raised at the installation, around 100 miles east of Aberdeen, late this afternoon.
BP said production has been temporarily shut down and they are removing non-essential workers as a precaution.
While 63 workers are to be flown back to Aberdeen, 71 will remain on board the facility.
A BP spokesman said: “Following an issue with the power generation system on the ETAP platform, BP can confirm that – as a precautionary measure – we are preparing to remove non-essential personnel.
“The safety and wellbeing of our teams offshore is of the utmost priority.
“Production from the platform, located about 100 miles east of Aberdeen, has been temporarily suspended. We are working to resolve the power generation issue.”
A string of Bristow-operated helicopters have arrived at the platform this evening since the alarm was raised.
ETAP, the Eastern Trough Area Project, came on stream in 1998 and the BP-operated fields have since produced more than 550million barrels of oil equivalent.
BP runs six of the seven fields producing through ETAP – Machar, Madoes, Mirren, Mungo, Monan and Marnock. The seventh, Heron, is operated by Shell.