No Indication Total Gas Leak has had Significant Environmental Impact

There is no indication that the gas leak that caused Total to abandon its North Sea Elgin platform on March 25 has resulted in a significant environmental impact, according to the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change.

DECC said that in spite of this, its Government Interest Group that was set up in response to the incident (and which includes the Health and Safety Executive, the Scottish Government and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency) has convened an informal Environment Group to collate, review and summarise the environmental information relating to the Elgin leak. A summary of environment aspects can be found on DECC's oil and gas website.
 
Meanwhile, on Wednesday the Scottish Government released the results of a "taste test" on fish samples collected from close to the Elgin platform. This test concluded that there was no taint of the samples as a result of the hydrocarbon release.
 
On Tuesday this week, Total said it is still in the preparatory stage of tackling a gas leak at the Elgin platform and was still weeks away from an operating to kill the well with heavy mud pumping. Last Thursday, the firm took a specialist team to visit the Elgin platform and it plans to make several more helicopter flights to the platform in the coming weeks as part of its preparations.
 

A former engineer, Jon is an award-winning editor who has covered the technology, engineering and energy sectors since the mid-1990s. Email Jon at jmainwaring@rigzone.com

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Someone in the Know | Apr. 13, 2012
What they wont tell you is that the platform was evacuated because Hydrogen Sulfide Gas is spewing out at the surface. Depending on the wind direction, adjacent platforms have to be evacuated from time to time so as not to incapcitate and kill the workers. Not sure why this isn't getting half the press Macando got.


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