Status on UK – Gas leak incident at Elgin platform in the North Sea
Next Steps To Stop The Leak Underway: Elgin Platform Safely Reboarded
Total (Paris:FP) (LSE:TTA) (NYSE:TOT) announces that its experts and
specialist contractors boarded the Elgin complex today and successfully
carried out their objective.
In a key milestone toward bringing the situation under control, the team
spent nearly four hours on the Elgin complex to gather preliminary
information that will be used to assist in preparation for deploying the
necessary equipment to perform a well control operation.
The aim of the reconnaissance mission was to carry out a preliminary
survey of the leak area, establish zones which can be safely accessed
and gather data on the G4 well. The team also sought to visually confirm
potential pipeline & hose routing options and tie-in points for
equipment required in any well intervention.
A helicopter, transporting three Total employees familiar with the
platform and five specialists from Wild Well Control, a specialized well
intervention company, took off from Aberdeen at 10:30 (local time) and
landed on the Elgin PUQ (Process, Utilities, Quarters) before safely
returning to Aberdeen at 16:50 (local time).
A comprehensive risk assessment was carried out prior to the mission to
ensure optimal safety conditions for the personnel boarding the Elgin
complex. Favourable winds allowed the visit to proceed.
Plans are also still progressing for the drilling of a relief well, as
well as a backup relief well.
Total will continue to make regular updates on the situation.
For more information on Elgin platform, please visit Total’s dedicated
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