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Community / HSE making inquiries into smoke coming from Ninian Northern platform

Smoke was seen coming from the Ninian Northern on Saturday afternoon creating significant concern in the community. Photos: John Waters for Shetland News

THE HEALTH and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed it is making inquiries after being made aware of an “incident” at the Ninian Northern platform which currently is decommissioned at Dales Voe, part of Lerwick harbour.

On Saturday afternoon, a lot of smoke was seen coming from the remains of the oil installation creating a considerable amount of local interest and concern.

One fire appliance from Lerwick attended but was told by Veolia, the company that is carrying out the decommissioning, that it was not needed.

Lerwick Port Authority, OnePeterson and Veolia were all contacted over the weekend and again on Monday morning with requests for comment and explanation.

In a statement issued late on Monday a Veolia spokesperson said: “We can confirm we had a small contained fire at our Lerwick decommissioning facility on the morning of Saturday 18 September.

“The fire brigade attended the site, but took no action as the site team were already competently dealing with the fire in line with our operational guidelines.

“No staff were injured and site activities continued throughout the day.”

Meanwhile a spokesperson for the HSE said: “HSE is aware of the incident and making inquiries.”