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The Elgin Platform

The Elgin Platform

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Picture Credits: © Total E&P UK
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The Elgin Platform

The Elgin Platform

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The Elgin Platform

The Elgin Platform

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The Elgin Platform

The Elgin Platform

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The Elgin Platform

The Elgin Platform

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The Elgin Platform

The Elgin Platform

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Picture Credits: © Total E&P UK
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Location of the fields of Elgin and Franklin

Location of the fields of Elgin and Franklin

Picture Credits: @ Idé
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Rowan Gorilla V jack-up rig

Rowan Gorilla V jack-up rig

Legend: Rowan Gorilla V jack-up rig. This rig is currently suspending operations on the nearby West Franklin field before repositioning itself to drill the second relief well. (archives image)
Picture Credits: Rowan Companies, Inc
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Vessel Skandi Aker

Vessel Skandi Aker

Legend: The dynamically positioned well intervention vessel Skandi Aker, currently in Peterhead harbour in North East Scotland being fitted with dedicated equipment to support the operations. (archives image)
Picture Credits: DOF Subsea
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Sedco 714 semi-submersible drilling rig

Sedco 714 semi-submersible drilling rig

Legend: Sedco 714 semi-submersible drilling rig. The rig, which is expected to start drilling the first relief well, arrived at a standby location outside the Elgin exclusion zone on April 8th. This is expected to be within a few days. (archives image)
Picture Credits: Total
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March 27, 2012 at 4:30 pm - Elgin Platform

March 27, 2012 at 4:30 pm - Elgin Platform

Legend: Elgin Process, Utility and Quarter Platform (PUQ) and Elgin Wellhead Platform (with Rowan Viking drilling rig alongside).

27th March 2012 at 4:30 pm, 52 hours after the incident was first reported.

The Elgin complex was designed specifically so that in the event of incidents such as this one the impact is minimized. For example, there is an 80 m separation between the well head platform and the PUQ platform complex. Also, the orientation of the structure is such that the prevailing winds at the location are most likely to carry any plume away from the complex.
Picture Credits: © Total EP UK Ltd
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March 27, 2012 at 4:30 pm - The Elgin Platform

March 27, 2012 at 4:30 pm - The Elgin Platform

Legend: Elgin Process, Utility and Quarter Platform (PUQ) and Elgin Wellhead Platform (with Rowan Viking drilling rig alongside).

27th March 2012 at 4:30 pm, 52 hours after the incident was first reported.

The Elgin complex was designed specifically so that in the event of incidents such as this one the impact is minimized. For example, there is an 80 m separation between the well head platform and the PUQ platform complex. Also, the orientation of the structure is such that the prevailing winds at the location are most likely to carry any plume away from the complex.
Picture Credits: © Total EP UK Ltd
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Elgin-Franklin complex

Elgin-Franklin complex

Picture Credits: Idé
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March 29, 2012 - Elgin platform, North Sea - 1

Legend: Elgin platform, North Sea - March 29th 2012
Video Credit: Total E&P UK Ltd

March 29, 2012 - Elgin platform, North Sea- 2

Legend: Images of the Elgin platform, North Sea
Video Credit: Total E&P UK Ltd

March 29, 2012 - Elgin platform, North Sea - 3

Legend: Images of the Elgin platform, North Sea
Video Credit: Total E&P UK Ltd

March 29, 2012, 08:00 am - Elgin Situation Update

Legend: Interview with Pierre Bang, Senior Vice President, Operations Total, Exploration & Production.
Video Credit: Elephant at Work
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March 30, 2012 - Straight From the Expert - Patricia Mani, Corporate Environment Coordinator, Total

Legend: Patricia Mani, Corporate Environment Coordinator at Total, explains the situation around the Elgin platform on March 29, giving the details on the products, in particular the condensate.
Video Credit: Elephant at Work

March 30, 2012 - Straight From the Expert - André Marblé, Industrial Safety, Total

Legend: André Marblé, Industrial Safety at Total, explains the situation around the Elgin platform on March 29, giving details on the products and the flare.
Video Credit: Elephant at Work

March 29, 2012, 15:00 pm - Elgin Situation Update

Legend: Interview with Jacques-Emmanuel Saulnier, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications Total.
Video Credit: Elephant at Work

March 30, 2012 - Straight From the Expert - Didier Douay, Vice President Operations Training Coordination, Total

Legend: Didier Douay, Vice President Operations Training Coordination at Total, explains the situation around the Elgin platform on March 29, giving details on the implemented means of observation and action.
Video Credit: Elephant at Work
March 30, 2012 - Total E&P UK press conference in Aberdeen

March 30, 2012 - Total E&P UK press conference in Aberdeen

Legend: A Total E&P UK press conference in Aberdeen to update the media on the Elgin gas leak, with a detailed scale model of Elgin in the foreground. From left to right are Hugh Shaw (Secretary of State's Representative), Charles Hendry (UK Energy Minister), Philippe Guys (Managing Director of Total E&P UK) and Andrew Hogg (VP Communications E&P).
Picture Credits: © Ken Taylor
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March 31, 2012 - William Andrew Cardno, Offshore Installation Manager

Legend: William Andrew Cardno, Offshore Installation Manager, talks about his experience during the incident that occurred on the Elgin platform on March 25.
Video Credit: Elephant at Work

April 2, 2012 - Interview with Jacques-Emmanuel Saulnier, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications Total

Legend: Jacques-Emmanuel Saulnier, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications Total, explains the situation around the Elgin platform on April 2, 2012.
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April 2, 2012 - Straight from the Expert - Jean-Michel Genevois, E&P Operations Division, Drilling & Completion

Legend: Jean-Michel Genevois, E&P Operations Division, Drilling & Completion, explains the solutions considered to stop the leak on Elgin.
Video Credit: Elephant at Work

April 4, 2012 - Straight from the Expert – André Glowacz, Head of Department, Drilling & Wells Operations, Total

Legend: André Glowacz, Head of Department, Drilling & Wells Operations (Total) explains the mission of the Blowout Task Force set up by Drilling & Wells Operations, an organization created to respond major incidents.
Video Credit: Bip Info

April 4, 2012 - Straight from the Expert – Eric Cassé, Drilling & Wells Operations manager, Europe/Americas/Central Asia, Total

Legend: Eric Cassé, Drilling & Wells Operations manager, Europe/Americas/Central Asia (Total) explains the solutions considered to stop the leak on Elgin.
Video Credit: Bip Info

April 5, 2012 - Elgin Platform Reconnaissance Mission

Legend: A reconnaisance mission took place on the Elgin platform on April 5, 2012. Some members of the reconnaissance team gave their first impressions when they returned from mission.
Video Credit: Elephant at Work
Elgin G4 well architecture offshore

Elgin G4 well architecture offshore

Picture Credits: Idé
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April 5, 2012 - View of the Elgin Well Head Platform

April 5, 2012 - View of the Elgin Well Head Platform

Legend: View taken from the Production/Utilities/Quarters (PUQ) platform of the Well Head Platform where the G4 wellhead is situated (April 5, 2012).
Picture Credits: Total E&P UK Ltd
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April 5, 2012 - Some members of the reconnaissance team

April 5, 2012 - Some members of the reconnaissance team

Legend: Some members of the reconnaissance team on Elgin complex on the bridge, before accessing the Well Head Platform on April 5, 2012.
Picture Credits: Total E&P UK Ltd
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April 5, 2012 - The Elgin G4 wellhead assembly with a view of the source of the gas leak

April 5, 2012 - The Elgin G4 wellhead assembly with a view of the source of the gas leak

Legend: The Elgin G4 wellhead assembly with a clear view of the source of the gas leak coming out of 4 ports (release points). Localized deposits of condensate and drilling mud were expelled on the wellhead area of the Elgin Well Head Platform at the beginning of the leak and have solidified. This mud contains predominantly a drilling fluid, which is readily biodegradable. This drilling mud is not harmful to the environment.
Picture Credits: Total E&P UK Ltd
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April 6, 2012 - Interview with Jacques-Emmanuel Saulnier, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications Total

Legend: Jacques-Emmanuel Saulnier, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications Total, explains the situation around the Elgin platform on April 6, 2012.
Video Credit: Elephant at Work
April 6, 2012 - An Antonov 124 aircraft arrived at Prestwick Airport

April 6, 2012 - An Antonov 124 aircraft arrived at Prestwick Airport

Legend: An Antonov 124 aircraft arrived at Prestwick Airport from Houston on Friday, April 6, carrying specialized equipment in preparation for well intervention operations.
Picture Credits: © Total E&P UK
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April 6, 2012 - An Antonov 124 aircraft arrived at Prestwick Airport

April 6, 2012 - An Antonov 124 aircraft arrived at Prestwick Airport

Legend: An Antonov 124 aircraft arrived at Prestwick Airport from Houston on Friday, April 6, carrying specialized equipment in preparation for well intervention operations.
Picture Credits: © Total E&P UK
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April 10, 2012 - Animation on the two technical solutions that Total is preparing to stop the Elgin gas leak

Legend: Total is preparing two technical solutions to stop the Elgin gas leak. One of the solutions consists of pumping heavy mud down into the G4 well where the gas leak is located. The other solution consists of drilling two relief wells to intercept the G4 well and pumping mud from the bottom. Explanations with an animation.
Video Credit: Idé
April 10, 2012 - Elgin G4 wellhead being cleaned

April 10, 2012 - Elgin G4 wellhead being cleaned

Legend: April 10, 2012 - Elgin G4 wellhead being cleaned, with leaking gas flume visible.
Picture Credits: Total E&P UK Ltd
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April 12, 2012 - Cleaning operations on Elgin wellhead platform

April 12, 2012 - Cleaning operations on Elgin wellhead platform

Legend: April 12, 2012 - Cleaning operations being conducted on Elgin wellhead platform.
Picture Credits: Total E&P UK Ltd
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April 13, 2012 - the West Phoenix rig standing by Elgin’s 2 nautical mile exclusion zone

April 13, 2012 - the West Phoenix rig standing by Elgin’s 2 nautical mile exclusion zone

Legend: April 13, 2012 : the West Phoenix rig standing by Elgin’s 2 nautical mile exclusion zone. This ultra modern semi-submersible drilling rig, arrived on April 11th and is being prepared to pump mud for the well control intervention.
Picture Credits: Total E&P UK Ltd
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April 17, 2012 - The Elgin  Well Head Platform A (WHPA) where the G4 well is located

April 17, 2012 - The Elgin Well Head Platform A (WHPA) where the G4 well is located

Legend: April 17, 2012 - The Elgin Well Head Platform A (WHPA) where the G4 well is located; various indications suggest the gas leak rate has decreased - the Rowan Viking rig is at the left.
Picture Credits: Total E&P UK Ltd
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Two technical solutions are being progressed in parallel to stop the leak

Two technical solutions are being progressed in parallel to stop the leak

Legend: Two types of action have been identified and are being progressed in parallel to stop the leak. The first is by a well control intervention during which heavy mud is pumped into the G4 well from the wellhead. The second consists of drilling two relief wells in the vicinity of the G4 well to intercept it and pump in heavy mud at the formation level to regain control of the well.
Picture Credits: Idé
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April 18, 2012 - The West Phoenix drilling rig on standby near the Elgin complex

April 18, 2012 - The West Phoenix drilling rig on standby near the Elgin complex

Legend: April 18, 2012 - The West Phoenix drilling rig, which has been mobilised for the G4 well intervention operation, on standby near the Elgin complex.
Picture Credits: Total E&P UK Ltd
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April 18, 2012 - Elgin complex with the Rowan Viking rig and the Sedco 714 rig

April 18, 2012 - Elgin complex with the Rowan Viking rig and the Sedco 714 rig

Legend: April 18, 2012 - The Elgin complex with the Rowan Viking rig alongside the Well Head Platform A (WHPA). The Sedco 714 rig is in the background drilling the first relief well.
Picture Credits: Total E&P UK Ltd
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April 18, 2012 - Supply vessels near the Rowan Gorilla V rig

April 18, 2012 - Supply vessels near the Rowan Gorilla V rig

Legend: April 18, 2012 - Supply vessels near the Rowan Gorilla V rig, which is currently suspending operations on the West Franklin field.
Picture Credits: Total E&P UK Ltd
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April 18, 2012 – Elgin platform, vessels and rigs mobilized for the well intervention operations

Legend: View of Elgin platform - Various indications suggest the gas leak rate has decreased. The patchy condensate sheen is evaporating continuously.
View of the West Phoenix, vessel to be used for the well control intervention.
View of the Sedco 714 rig, commenced drilling the first relief well on April 18, with Skandi Aker support vessel in the foreground and Elgin platform in the background.
View of the Rowan Gorilla V, jack-up rig suspending current operations on West Franklin field before repositioning to drill the second relief well.
Video Credit: Total E&P UK Ltd – video editing Elephant at work
April 25, 2012 – Installation of diverter: a key step in improving safety of the G4 well intervention

April 25, 2012 – Installation of diverter: a key step in improving safety of the G4 well intervention

Legend: April 25, 2012 - A key piece of equipment has been installed on the G4 well. Known as a “diverter”, this specially manufactured device connects to the wellhead and diverts the flow of leaking gas, via four flexible hoses, away from the wellhead and the platform. This improves the safety of the well intervention operation by avoiding the possibility of gas accumulating in the work area around the G4 wellhead.
Picture Credits: Total E&P UK Ltd
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April 21 & 22, 2012 - Resources mobilized for the well intervention operations on the Elgin G4 well

Legend: View of the West Phoenix, vessel to be used for the well control intervention. View of the mud which will be injected into the G4 well. View of the Skandi Aker, intervention vessel, logistical support for the West Phoenix and on stand-by to replace if necessary.
Video Credit: Total E&P UK Ltd – video editing Elephant at work

April 25, 2012 - Straight from the Expert – Installation of the diverter on Elgin well G4: a key step in improving safety of the well intervention

Legend: Interview with Jean-Claude Choux, Technical Services Director Total E&P UK.
Video Credit: Total E&P UK Ltd – video editing Elephant at work
April 28, 2012 – G4 wellhead ready for the forthcoming well intervention operation

April 28, 2012 – G4 wellhead ready for the forthcoming well intervention operation

Legend: April 28, 2012 - The G4 wellhead ready for the forthcoming well intervention operation, with the flexible diverter hose (black & yellow) directing leaking gas away from the area and the temporary pipeline (grey with purple joints) in position to receive the heavy mud that will be pumped into the well from de Well Phoenix
Picture Credits: Total E&P UK Ltd
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May 5, 2012 - Animation on the first of two solutions implemented by Total to stop the Elgin gas leak

Legend: Following the gas leak on March 25, Total is implementing the first of two solutions to stop the Elgin gas leak: pumping in “mud” into the G4 well - explanations with an animation.
Video Credit: @ Agence Idé
May 10, 2012 - Final preparations for the planned G4 well intervention

May 10, 2012 - Final preparations for the planned G4 well intervention

Legend: May 10, 2012 – The West Phoenix drilling rig positioned about 30 metres away from the Elgin complex ready to support the operation. In the background, the Sedco 714 rig drilling the first relief well.
Picture Credits: Total E&P UK Ltd
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May 10, 2012 – “Ready to stop the leak”, the resources mobilized for the well intervention operations

Legend: The operations get ready on the West Phoenix, vessel to be used for the well control intervention, and on the Skandi Aker, intervention vessel, logistical support for the West Phoenix and on stand-by to replace if necessary: interviews with the crews as well as representatives of Total
(images shot on April 21 and 22, 2012)
Video Credit: Total E&P UK Ltd – video editing Elephant at work
May 13, 2012 – Test for the forthcoming well intervention operation on the G4 well

May 13, 2012 – Test for the forthcoming well intervention operation on the G4 well

Legend: May 13, 2012 - During testing for the forthcoming well intervention operation on Elgin’s G4 well, the Coflex hose through which heavy mud will be pumped into the well is connected from the West Phoenix drilling rig to Elgin’s PUQ (Process Utilities Quarters) platform; it is normal for the Coflex to dip into the sea en route. From the receiving connection on the PUQ, the mud flows via a temporary ‘chiksan’ pipeline into the G4 wellhead.
Picture Credits: Total E&P UK Ltd
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May 13, 2012 – Test for the forthcoming well intervention operation on the G4 well

May 13, 2012 – Test for the forthcoming well intervention operation on the G4 well

Legend: May 13, 2012 - During testing for the forthcoming well intervention operation on the G4 well, a crane on Elgin’s PUQ (Process Utilities Quarters) platform manoeuvres into position the Coflex hose through which heavy mud will be pumped into the well from the West Phoenix drilling rig. From the receiving connection on the PUQ, the mud flows via a temporary ‘chiksan’ pipeline into the G4 wellhead.
Picture Credits: Total E&P UK Ltd
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May 21 2012 - Straight from the Expert - Following 5 days of close monitoring, the success of the intervention conducted on the leaking Elgin G4 well is confirmed. Total explains how the gas leak was stopped.

Legend: Interview with Mike Ryan, G4 Incident Task Force Leader, Total E&P UK.
Video Credit: Total E&P UK Ltd – video editing Concept
October 2012 - Total has completed the process of securing G4 well by setting of five cement plugs

October 2012 - Total has completed the process of securing G4 well by setting of five cement plugs

Picture Credits: Idé
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February 24, 2013 - Procedure check in the control room on the Elgin PUQ

February 24, 2013 - Procedure check in the control room on the Elgin PUQ

Picture Credits: Ken Taylor Photography, © TOTAL E&P UK Limited
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February 24, 2013 - Waiting for the green light for go

February 24, 2013 - Waiting for the green light for go

Picture Credits: Ken Taylor Photography, © TOTAL E&P UK Limited
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February 24, 2013 - Lining up well for re-start

February 24, 2013 - Lining up well for re-start

Picture Credits: Ken Taylor Photography, © TOTAL E&P UK Limited
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February 24, 2013 - Aerial image showing Franklin and Rowan Gorilla V in the background

February 24, 2013 - Aerial image showing Franklin and Rowan Gorilla V in the background

Picture Credits: Ken Taylor Photography, © TOTAL E&P UK Limited
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February 24, 2013 - Aerial Photo showing Elgin B jacket and Rowan Viking alongside

February 24, 2013 - Aerial Photo showing Elgin B jacket and Rowan Viking alongside

Picture Credits: Ken Taylor Photography, © TOTAL E&P UK Limited
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