Around three percent of the UK North Sea's gas output is being lost as a result of the continued shut-in of the Elgin field, UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry said Friday.
Also on Friday, Total UK Managing Director Philippe Guys told a news conference in Aberdeen that more than a month ago, on February 25, the firm started observing irregular pressure on the plug on the G4 well on the Elgin field. Guys said that the company responded with days to regulate the pressure in the well.
"With respect to stopping the leak, we have launched two main actions which we are progressing in parallel. The first is to carry out the well kill operations using a floating support; the second is to drill two relief wells and, to that end, we have suspended operations on two of our drilling rigs in order to make them available for work on the relief wells," Guys said.
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