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 December 31, 2015 - 5:43 AM EST
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BP evacuates North Sea oilfield in rough weather

STAVANGER, Norway, Dec. 31 (UPI) --

Oil company BP has partially evacuated an oilfield in the North Sea due to a barge that broke loose in rough weather.

The barge is drifting out of control and it will not be possible to regain control of it until daylight, the company said.

BP cannot confirm how many workers it has evacuated, but it employs 235 people in the Valhall oilfield. The oilfield has eight platforms and sits off shore 210 miles southwest of Stavanger, Norway.

A spokesman for the Eide Marine Group, the company that owns the barge, said the barge is 360 feet long. It's anchor was knocked loose in rough seas. A tugboat could not gain control of it and it was drifting toward the platforms.


Source: United Press International (December 31, 2015 - 5:43 AM EST)

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