Sources: Total Mulls Relief Well for Elgin Leak
The proximity of vessels owned by Transocean Ltd. and Rowan Cos. to the Elgin gas leak in the North Sea may sway Total's decision in hiring a firm to drill relief wells to cap the leak, a source familiar with the matter told Dow Jones Tuesday.
Currently, Transocean's Sedco 714 (mid-water semisub) is drilling for Total in the North Sea, while a Rowan jackup was used for drilling work at Elgin.
The company said it is studying all options and could take time to make a decision. Earlier Tuesday, Total dismissed reports that claimed the company had indicated it could take up to six months to drill a relief well.
"They are not details that have come from us at all," a Total spokesperson told Rigzone Tuesday morning, explaining that the company did not yet have a timescale in place regarding the drilling of a relief well.
Royal Dutch Shell has removed oil workers from two of its North Sea rigs due to the proximity to Total's Elgin/Franklin platform.
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