From: Denny Thomas & James Jukwey, Reuters
Published August 21, 2009 09:21 AM

Oil spill sparks evacuation off Australian coast

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An oil leak off Australia's western coast has sparked the evacuation of dozens of workers from a rig, the operator PTTEP Australasia said Friday.

The size of the spill is not known, but about 40 barrels of oil were discharged from the wellhead in an incident, rig operator PTTEP Australasia, a unit of Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production PCL, said in a statement.

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The spill occurred at a mobile offshore drilling unit West Atlas in the Timor Sea, which is owned by Norway's SeaDrill Ltd , it said. The leak includes condensate, an extra light grade of crude oil.

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