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BP contains gas leak at Sullom Voe terminal

BP reported a gas leak at Sullom Voe oil terminal on saturday afternoon.

SHETLAND’S emergency services were called out to Sullom Voe oil terminal on Saturday afternoon after operators BP reported a gas leak. 

Police, fire and ambulance crews all raced towards the terminal around lunchtime only to be stood down after BP said it had contained the leak.

A BP spokesman said there had been a leak in the gas processing area of the terminal at approximately 1.18pm when a compressor system which had previously been shut down was being prepared for maintenance.

The spokesman said BP mobilised its own response team who were able to deal with the incident before the emergency services arrived at the scene.

The response team managed to decrease the pressure in the compressor system to “a safe level over a short period”, he said.

They were stood down at 6pm, almost five hours after the initial alert.