Gas Leak Finally Halted at Total’s Elgin Platform

French oil major Total, announced that their well intervention efforts at the North Sea Elgin complex were successful in finally halting the flow of gas from the leaking G4 well.   The operation, which involved pumping heavy mud into the leaking well, began on May 15th and the leak was stopped 12 hours later. Speaking about the Elgin situation, Yves-Louis Darricarrère, … [Read more...]

Total: “Top Kill” at Elgin Could Happen Today

PARIS (Dow Jones)--Total SA (TOT) Friday said it has everything ready to "kill" a leaking gas well in the North Sea. "We could carry out the operation as early as today but it is a question of days because the weather isn't favorable," Christophe de Margerie, the chief executive, said during the company's shareholders meeting. Since the gas leak was detected March 25, … [Read more...]

West Phoenix on Station to Perform Elgin Well Intervention

PARIS (Dow Jones)--French oil major Total SA (TOT, FP.FR) Friday reiterated it was ready to start "in the coming days" an operation to "kill" a gas leaking well on its North Sea Elgin platform as it has managed to move a support drilling rig close to the platform. The semi-submersible drilling rig called "West Phoenix" moved within the exclusion zone around the platform that … [Read more...]

Intervention Crew Installs Gas Diverter on Elgin Platform

PARIS (Dow Jones)--Oil major Total SA (TOT, FP.FR) Thursday said the specialized crew currently intervening on its North Sea Elgin Platform have further reinforced safety in order to complete a planned operation to end a gas leak that forced the evacuation and the powering down of the structure nearly a month earlier. Over the past week, only two flights were made to Elgin, … [Read more...]

Well Control Experts Land on Elgin, SEDCO 714 Spuds In

At 1153 GMT, Total announced via Twitter that a team of 11 engineers had descended upon the stricken Elgin platform to commence "well kill" operations.  At the same time, the Transocean (NYSE:RIG) drilling rig, SEDCO 714, was spudding in the first relief well as part of the operation to stop the Elgin G4 gas leak. The UK Department of Energy and Climate change granted TOTAL … [Read more...]