Total Shuts Down Elgin/Franklin Platform after Gas Leak
by Jon Mainwaring
|Monday, March 26, 2012
Total UK said Monday that it has shut down oil and gas production at its Elgin/Franklin platform in the Scottish North Sea following an ongoing gas leak.
The firm confirmed in a statement that all 238 personnel on the platform have been accounted for and that an aerial surveillance flight has been scheduled to inspect a sheen reported in the vicinity of the platform.
"Although this is a serious situation, nobody has been injured and everyone is now transferred to a place of safety. There is no immediate risk to any personnel," the statement added.
According to Total, the Elgin/Franklin field can produce up to 280,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Oil produced at the facility is transported via the BP-operated Forties pipeline system to Kinnell in Scotland, and is then exported through the SEAL pipeline to Bacton in Norfolk.
The news of the gas leak comes within two weeks of Statoil shutting down production at its Statfjord C platform in the North Sea after a hydrogen sulfide alarm was triggered.
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