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Total Shuts Down Elgin/Franklin Platform after Gas Leak

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ATotal Shuts Down Elgin/Franklin Platform after Gas Leak

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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William | May. 5, 2012
When the Horizons Deep Water BP well exploded in 2010 a top kill was unsuccessful. governmental over site and industry shut down production regionally followed during a potential "Dooms Day " oil spill. Let the new Containment and multi- industry task force set operation toward world class standards art depth of less than 5,000+feet in cold North Atlantic seas. The Russians and the Italians are looking at Bearing Sea north east of Norway God save the Queen.

Emeka onyenechi | Mar. 31, 2012
I like working with Total

Daniel Dominick | Mar. 26, 2012
This is a very major incident that is being massively played down. Unlike the b.p. incident this is not oil that stays on the water, this is massive gas clouds. The operating pressure of the Elgin Franklin Field is over 1000bar. There are several other platforms operating around the Elgin field, the question is when will it affect their continued production. How exactly are SEPA responding to this aspect as they must be aware of the operating pressures and gas volumes involved.

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