Accidents Gas Leak At North Sea Offshore Platform

Editor: Dominik Stephan

French oil multinational Total reports of a gas leak at its Elgin platform, situated in the North Sea East of Scotland. The platform and the surrounding area where declared restricted area for ships and airplanes and Total has withdrawn its personnel from the Elgin rig.

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After a gas leak at its Elgin platform, Total has evecuated aboiut 238 workers from the offshore rig. (Picture: Wikimedia Commons)
After a gas leak at its Elgin platform, Total has evecuated aboiut 238 workers from the offshore rig. (Picture: Wikimedia Commons)

Aberdeen/Scotland – After a leak occurred on its Elgin gas rig, Total has withdrawn all 238 operators from the rig. British authorities declared the platform and a surrounding area of two nautical miles restricted area. Eyewitnesses speak of a cloud of gas and trails of emerging condensate in the water. How much gas emerges is not yet clear. Also Shell has started to withdraw operating personnel from two nearby rigs for security concerns.

The French company has now called in specialists from all over the world to work on the problem, repair works are nevertheless expected to take several days, company official say.

The impacts on the environment are not yet foreseeable. The emerging substance is a liquid gas condensate that is produced from the sub–sea gasfield that is flammable and potentially explosive. Total has an aircraft with chemicals to disperse to condensate in stand–by, the company stated.

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