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Updated! Breaking: TOTAL and Shell evacuates 2 oil rigs in the North Sea!

 
alexisj9

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04/02/2012 09:22 AM

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Oil giant Total is preparing to start work on stemming the gas leaking from a North Sea platform.

The first plan of action for Total is to carry out a well-control operation by pumping mud into the leaking well.

This means reboarding the platform, which remains surrounded by a cloud of flammable gas. Total is in talks with the Health and Safety Executive about how that can be done safely.

Total has already mobilised two rigs to drill the well - Sedco 714 which is drilling 400km north of the Elgin platform, and Rowan Gorilla V, drilling 6km from the platform. They will be moved into place in the near future.

The environmental campaign group Greenpeace took a boat to a site three-miles from the deserted Elgin platform to take water and air samples on Monday.

Christoph Lieven, an oil and gas expert, said the samples would be analysed at a German laboratory to find out what is creating the sheen on the water, and how concentrated it is.

"The pollution here is really huge, given the accident was eight days ago, and we are just outside of the security zone. That we can see this sheen means there is a lot of oil coming from the platform.

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04/02/2012 09:30 AM

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Christoph Lieven, an oil and gas expert, said the samples would be analysed at a German laboratory to find out what is creating the sheen on the water, and how concentrated it is.

"The pollution here is really huge, given the accident was eight days ago, and we are just outside of the security zone. That we can see this sheen means there is a lot of oil coming from the platform.

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I will look out for the results on this, it's kind of what I've been waiting for. Except that I think total should release their results, I'm sure they have analyzed this leak.
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04/02/2012 11:34 AM

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Enviroment Pollution in Other on Monday, 02 April, 2012 at 12:55 (12:55 PM) UTC.

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Total plans to send a helicopter to inspect its Elgin North Sea platform in the next few days to ensure it is safe before beginning work to cap a well that has leaked explosive gas for more than a week, two industry sources close to the matter said on Monday. Officials from the French operator of the oil and gas platform are due to meet Britain's Health and Safety Executive on Monday to discuss the risks involved in sending humans to the platform. All 238 workers have been evacuated and a two-mile exclusion zone set up around the platform for safety reasons, with fire-fighting ships on standby. "Total is sending its own people to ensure the platform is safe...in the next few days," one of the sources said. It was unclear how many staff would take part. If the operation is successful, Total plans to send experts by the end of the week to the platform to begin injecting mud on the wellhead to stop the gas leak, the sources said. A Total spokesman said the group was continuing talks with HSE on different aspects of the operation, but declined to comment on any plan to send a helicopter. The union representing staff at the Elgin platform opposes plans to fly a team of crisis engineers to the platform saying it is too dangerous given the amounts of gas in the vicinity.

"We think this is a highly dangerous tactic. Even a dropped hammer could ignite the gas. The whole thing would have to executed perfectly," said a union official who asked not to be identified. Total has hired a team of international experts to advise it on how to plug the leak, including U.S. firefighting and engineering firm Wild Well Control, which helped tackle BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010 and Kuwait's raging oil fires in 1991. Total will use Canadian CHC Helicopter for its operation, which specializes in the transportation of offshore oil and gas platforms and vessels, the two sources said. In parallel, the firm has also started preparations for drilling two relief wells. On Saturday Total confirmed that a gas flare, lit during the evacuation to burn off excess gas, had gone out, reducing the threat of an explosion. The flare had been burning just 100 metres from the site of the gas leak. A Greenpeace ship has also arrived near the 2-mile exclusion zone surrounding the platform, the group said. Greenpeace activists collected their first samples of water and air, which will be analysed in Germany. Danger posed by the gas leak on sea birds and marine plants and animals was small, a marine pollution expert said, due to the low quantity of hydrocarbons contained within the condensates that have formed a slick on the water. "If things continue as they are, I do not think that the marine pollution risks are high. The condensate slick is reported to be slight and diminishing," said Martin Preston, a marine pollution specialist at the University of Liverpool. Total said to its staff at the end of last week that the gas leak emitted daily carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to a Paris/Shanghai round trip, a source at the company said.


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alexisj9

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04/02/2012 02:03 PM

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In or near that helicopter is the last place I would want to be, seems they should rethink this as far as I'm concerned.
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04/03/2012 08:41 AM

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Re: Updated! Breaking: TOTAL and Shell evacuates 2 oil rigs in the North Sea!
British oil major BP (>> BP plc) said on Monday it had shut the Valhall platform in the North Sea last week, while traders said the shutdown led to loading delays of one of the four crude oil streams used for the global price benchmark.

British oil major BP (>> BP plc) said on Monday it had shut the Valhall platform in the North Sea last week, while traders said the shutdown led to loading delays of one of the four crude oil streams used for the global price benchmark.

The delays came while French major Total (>> TOTAL) has closed the Elgin platform since last week because of a gas leak, which has affected volumes in another stream of the four.

A BP spokesman said the Valhall platform in the Norwegian North Sea was shut for unplanned maintenance at the compressor. There was no leak from the platform, he added.

"Valhall production was shut in last week to undertake some maintenance work to the compressor unit. The results of testing this week will determine when a re-start is likely," the spokesman said in a statement.

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May be the reason the price of fuel and oil has gone up recently.
Butterfly (OP)

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04/03/2012 04:38 PM
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The show is not over yet!
The flame may be out but, the gas is there, and not just a
a camping bottle of gas.
200.000 cubic meters is day!


Total quickly sends team to leak gas platform

Updated: April 3, 2012 5:56 p.m.
PARIS - French oil company Total on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning, sending a team of experts to the leaking gas platform in the North Sea off the coast of the Scottish city of Aberdeen.

When the helicopter with the experts on board just flies depends on the weather.

The platform leaked over a week since approximately 200,000 cubic meters of natural gas per day. It forms a very explosive cloud around the platform.

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04/03/2012 04:51 PM
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Re: Updated! Breaking: TOTAL and Shell evacuates 2 oil rigs in the North Sea!
Total to send expert team to assess gas leak soon

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Victorian

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04/03/2012 11:22 PM
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Re: Updated! Breaking: TOTAL and Shell evacuates 2 oil rigs in the North Sea!
Thanks OP for the updates!
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04/06/2012 12:17 AM
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04/12/2012 08:52 AM
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thanks for the update OP,
i wonder if everything will stay stable over there on the ocean floor
hf
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04/12/2012 09:07 AM

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04/14/2012 01:59 AM
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Re: Updated! Breaking: TOTAL and Shell evacuates 2 oil rigs in the North Sea!
Any new news?
Victorian

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04/18/2012 03:36 PM
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Re: Updated! Breaking: TOTAL and Shell evacuates 2 oil rigs in the North Sea!
Any update?
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04/18/2012 05:23 PM

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We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been.

Spiral out. Keep going...
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04/18/2012 05:33 PM
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The silence is deafening.
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04/21/2012 10:57 PM
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The silence is deafening.
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*crickets chirping*
Victorian

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04/27/2012 10:38 PM
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05/05/2012 12:32 AM
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Re: Updated! Breaking: TOTAL and Shell evacuates 2 oil rigs in the North Sea!
Why aren't we hearing anything about this?
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05/21/2012 02:23 AM
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Any news?

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