North Sea gas leak halted

A gas leak on a North Sea oil platform has been stopped, according to the operators. Work to "kill" the leak started yesterday on Total's Elgin platform, around 150 miles from Aberdeen, with heavy mud being pumped into the well.

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Gas leak was second in North Sea in last two years

Richard Dixon, director of WWF Scotland, said the news the leak had stopped was welcome, but pointed out it was the second serious leak in the North Sea in two years.

"We should be trying to give up our addiction to oil and gas, and not seeking it out in more difficult places with the risks to the environment that poses when things go wrong," he said

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Scottish Secretary welcomes gas leak operation

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has welcomed news the gas leak in the North Sea has been halted.

He said: "This is welcome news from the Elgin platform and good progress. It is important that the work continues to manage and monitor the well over the coming days to ensure the operation to stop the gas leak has been a complete success.

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore.

"The UK Government has been in touch with the company throughout this incident and DECC has closely monitored progress throughout. I am certain that key lessons will be learned from this leak which can be applied across the sector."

Mud pumped into well to stop gas leak

Total is today able to announce that a well-intervention operation has stopped the G4 well leak on the Elgin complex, 240km from Aberdeen in the UK North Sea.

The well-intervention operation, which involved pumping heavy mud into the leaking well, began on May 15 and the leak was stopped 12 hours later.

– Total spokesperson

North Sea gas leak is halted

A gas leak on a North Sea oil platform has been stopped, according to the operators.

Work to "kill" the leak started yesterday on Total's Elgin platform, around 150 miles from Aberdeen, with heavy mud being pumped into the well.

Total said the operation lasted 12 hours.

Total's Elgin platform in the North Sea. Credit: Press Association

All 238 staff were evacuated from the platform when the leak was detected almost two months ago in March.

At one point about 200,000 cubic metres of gas was leaking every day but this was said to have been reduced by two-thirds when workers started drilling a relief well last month.

Total was granted approval from the Department of Energy and Climate Change almost two weeks ago to carry out the "kill" operation.

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