LONDON Oct 3 BP said on Monday that a technical
issue at its Clair platform in the UK North Sea a day earlier
resulted in a brief oil spill which will be allowed to disperse
naturally into the sea.
Production at the platform, located some 75 kilometres west
of the Shetland Islands, was halted following the incident.
"At present, we believe the most appropriate response is to
allow the oil to disperse naturally at sea, but contingencies
for other action are being prepared," BP said in a statement.
"The total oil in water volume that was released has yet to
be accurately assessed and work to determine this is ongoing."
(Reporting by Ron Bousso, editing by Louise Heavens)