Total successfully contains gas leak in Elgin field

Total successfully contains gas leak in Elgin field

9:34 AM, 2nd April 2012
Total successfully contains gas leak in Elgin field

ABERDEEN, UK: Total provided details of the scale of its work to control the release of non-toxic gas from the G4 well on the Elgin field platform and confirmed that the situation remains stable. “Total regrets for the incident at Elgin complex. Our top priority is the safety of our personnel. I can confirm that, in addition to the safe evacuation of 238 personnel from the Elgin platform, the on-board safety systems of the whole complex, including the other wells, were successfully activated,” said Philippe Guys, Managing Director, Exploration and Production, Total UK.

With respect to stop the leak, Total is preparing two main actions which are progressing in parallel- drilling relief wells and blocking the well with heavy mud. Total has suspended operations on two of its drilling rigs in order to make them available for work on the relief wells. Heavy mud using a mixture of mineral compounds is pumped into the well to suppress the flow of gas.

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