Elgin-Franklin Oil, Gas Fields To Restart Late Next Week

The U.K. North Sea's Elgin-Franklin gas and condensate fields should restart late next week after being shut down last week for repairs, a spokeswoman for field operator Total SA (TOT) said Monday.

Technicians have finished cleaning debris out of an amine contactor unit, which makes gas produced at the field less acidic, but it is a large unit and will take time to re-assemble, she said.

In previous shutdowns it has typically taken around 48 hours to return to normal production after the production platform has been restarted, she said.

The fields' normal production is 15.5 million cubic meters of gas and 175,000 barrels of condensate a day.

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