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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Exclusion zone around energy park after blaze in gas storage facility

A 650ft (200-metre) exclusion zone has been placed around an energy park after a fire was spotted in a gas storage facility.

Firefighters from Tain and Invergordon were dispatched to the Nigg Energy Park, on the Cromarty Firth, after a fire was seen coming from a cage containing 50-litre gas cylinders.

The exclusion zone was enforced just before 9pm last night, and is expected to remain in force well into this morning.

The blaze has been extinguished, but fire service personnel are still working to cool down the cylinders.

The Nigg fabrication plant was once a major facility for the North Sea oil and gas industry with the largest dry dock in Europe, but it has largely lain dormant for the past 10 years. Read More