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Total to send staff to gas leaking Elgin platform

The French oil company Total plans to fly a team of experts to its gas-leaking Elgin platform in the North Sea.

It will also meet with health and safety experts on Monday to discuss the risks involved, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed.

A spokesman for the body said: "The company has prepared risk assessments for landing a helicopter on the platform and sending a team to carry out observations at the site of the gas release."

The HSE's role is to give Total advice on how to best comply with safety laws, but does not give permission for the company to send people to the platform.