Total Evacuates UK Platform

Monday, March 26, 2012 @ 06:03 PM gHale

Total UK shut down oil and gas production from its North Sea Elgin/Franklin platform and evacuated staff following a gas leak on Sunday, the company said.

“Production has stopped,” Total UK said Monday, adding all 238 personnel are safe and no one sustained any injury.

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An aerial surveillance flight was to inspect a sheen reported in the vicinity of the platform on Monday, Total added.

The peak production capability for the Elgin/Franklin field is 280,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, 175,000 barrels per day condensate and 15.5 million cubic meters of gas per day (mcm/d), Total said.

The cause of the leak was still unknown and investigations were ongoing, Total said.

On Monday morning, 150 non-essential personnel evacuated to Aberdeen and a further 69 employees went to neighboring offshore installations.

Oil produced at the facility exports via the BP-operated Forties Pipeline System to Kinneil in Scotland and gas flows through the SEAL pipeline to Bacton in Norfolk.

Gas flow through the Bacton SEAL terminal fell by around 10 (mcm/d) to 7 mcm/d early Monday, data provided by UK energy network operator National Grid showed.

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