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Status on UK – Gas leak incident at Elgin platform in the North Sea

Paris, March 27, 2012

On 25 March, Total reported that a gas leak following a well operation occurred on the same day at the wellhead platform on the Elgin gas field which is located in the UK North Sea approximately 240 km east of Aberdeen.

Total immediately launched internal emergency procedures and Crisis Management Teams have been mobilized in Aberdeen and Paris. The gas leak at the Elgin wellhead platform remains ongoing.

238 personnel have been evacuated onshore, and no injuries have been reported. Production on the Elgin, Franklin and West Franklin fields is fully stopped.

All necessary measures are being taken to respond appropriately to the situation and to minimize its impact. Investigations are ongoing to analyze the causes and to determine the remediation of the gas leak. Total is actively monitoring the situation with standby vessels in the area.

A surveillance aircraft flown over the area has confirmed a sheen on the water in the vicinity of the platform. This sheen is related to drilling muds and/or light condensate associated to the gas representing a volume estimated today at about 30 m3. Preliminary assessments indicate no significant impact to the environment and dispersants are not considered necessary at this stage. Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) has been alerted and is currently evaluating the situation.

Total’s UK-based affiliate Total E&P UK Limited is cooperating fully with all relevant authorities including the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).

Total will continue to make regular updates of the situation.


Elgin/Franklin

Elgin and Franklin are two high pressure/high temperature gas and condensate fields in the Central Graben Area of North Sea. Total E&P UK Limited owns 46.17% and is operator of both fields through its wholly-owned subsidiary EFOG and its average share of production was around 60,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2011.

Elgin/Franklin facilities comprise two wellhead platforms, one on Elgin and one on Franklin and a Production/Utilities/Quarters (PUQ) platform. The PUQ is on the Elgin field and is linked to the Elgin wellhead platform by a 90-metre bridge.

Hydrocarbons produced from the Elgin, Franklin and West Franklin fields are collected, separated and treated at the central processing facility on the PUQ. Liquid hydrocarbons are exported through the Forties Pipeline System via Cruden Bay to Kinneil for processing and commercial quality gas compressed and exported through the SEAL (Shearwater Elgin Area Line) pipeline to Bacton in Norfolk.

 

The Elgin/Franklin fields are operated by Elf Exploration UK Ltd. Total’s interest in the Elgin/Franklin fields is held by Elf Oil and Gas Limited. Both Elf Exploration UK Ltd and Elf Oil and Gas Limited are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Total.

 


For further information, please visit Total E&P UK’s web site: www.totalepmediacentre.com



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Charles-Etienne Lebatard - (33) 01 47 44 45 91
Aude Colas des Francs - (33) 01 47 44 47 05
Michaël Crochet-Vourey - (33) 01 47 44 81 33
Sandra Dante - (33) 01 47 44 46 07
Christine de Champeaux - (33) 01 47 44 47 49
Hortense Oury - (33) 01 47 44 23 34
Florent Segura - (33) 01 47 44 31 38
Frédéric Texier - (33) 01 47 44 38 16
Anastasia Zhivulina - (33) 01 47 44 76 29
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Last revision 3/27/2012









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