Total: Full Output at Elgin, Franklin Gas Fields Seen Thursday

Aug 18, 2005 (Dow Jones Commodities News via Comtex) LONDON (Dow Jones)

Gas flows from Total SA's (TOT) Elgin and Franklin fields were delayed from Tuesday to Wednesday due to bad weather, a Total spokesman said Thursday.

The spokesman said the ramping up process began Tuesday but was delayed due to bad weather. He added that the fields take longer to reach full production capacity in the Northern basin of the North Sea than in the Southern Basin because the pressure and temperatures are higher in the Northern fields.

"The (Northern basin) fields can't be flicked on like a switch as in the Southern basin," he said, adding that Elgin and Franklin usually take 24 to 30 hours to ramp back to full production.

He expects the two fields to reach full production by Thursday afternoon.

Elgin and Franklin have a combined processing capacity of 15 million cubic meters of gas a day.

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