Gas Leak from a North Sea`s Platform

By Accidents

The leaking hydrocarbons are believed to be coming in the well from a rock which is over the producing reservoir of the Elgin field. The quantity of this gas ingress is therefore difficult to be estimated.
Statements from Oil Spill Response (OSRL) surveillance flight indicate that the gas cloud is still steady and is going away from Elgin facilities.
The gas leak remains ongoing although the situation is currently steady. The precise leaking gas is still being inspecting and efforts continue to focus on bringing it under control.
As a first priority, Total teams are thinking over options to stop the gas leak. The Group has also mobilized international well control experts using world-wide support contracts who are now working with Total’s teams on site in Aberdeen.
Mobilized resources
The Group observes closely the zone through air survey and ships on the scene:
- 3 flights per day equipped with digital camera infrared and video;
- 2 Platform Support Ships (island Express and island Empress);
- 4 Anchor Handling Tug and Supply (AHTS) fire fighting vessels;
- An Hercules airplane is on standby in East Midland for dispersants if required;
- Other inspections sjips are arriving on site shortly: Allseas Highland Fortress Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Support Vessel; Big Orange; Kommander Stuart (MSV or Marine Safety Vessel) and Island Intervention (MSV).