Energy company weighs up options to extinguish North Sea flare

French oil company Total is considering its options to put out a flare on its Elgin North Sea gas platform. They include a helicopter water drop, fire-fighting vessels and pumping nitrogen to starve it of oxygen.

Total has confirmed in their latest update to the Government's inspectors today that the flare remains lit but observations from the latest aerial surveillance suggest that the flame appears to be reducing in size.

– Department of Energy and Climate Change