This is the word from HSE, for what it's worth.....
"On Sunday 25 March a gas condensate release occurred on the Total Elgin wellhead platform. No injuries occurred but by early Monday morning all
personnel aboard Elgin and on the adjacent Rowan Viking jack-up drilling rig were evacuated. At the time of down manning all wells were shut in and
power isolated on both the Elgin platform and Rowan Viking.
With the platform and rig evacuated there is no current risk to offshore personnel. There is a 2 mile exclusion zone around the rig, and because of
the uncertainties around the scale and duration of the Elgin event, and the predicted weather conditions, Shell have precautionary down manned non
essential staff from their Shearwater platform and the Noble Hans Deul drilling rig.
A HSE investigation into the cause of the release will get underway in earnest once the well is under control and safe access is available onto the
platform. The leak is being monitored visually and audibly by the standby vessel, and Total have assembled a team to decide on how to tackle the
problem. HSE is in close and regular contact with Total to monitor the options they are developing.
A Government Interest Group, comprising HSE, DECC, MCA, CAA and Marine Scotland, has also been established to ensure good coordination between the
Government agencies involved with the incident."
I might draw attention to their moment of honesty....
"...and because of the uncertainties around the scale and duration of the Elgin event..."
youroilandgasnews.com give us this...
"Total announces elgin incident update following press conference
Monday, Apr 02, 2012
Total hosted a press conference today, attended by Rt Hon Charles Hendry, MP, Minister of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
at which it provided further details of the scale of its work to control the release of non-toxic gas from the G4 well on the Elgin field platform and
confirmed that the situation remains stable.
Philippe Guys, Managing Director of Total E&P UK, said:
‘Let me say how much Total regrets the incident at the Elgin complex. Our top priority is the safety of our personnel. I can confirm that, in
addition to the safe evacuation of 238 personnel from the Elgin platform, the on-board safety systems of the whole complex, including the other wells,
were successfully activated.’ "
So the managing director tells us Total regret having caused an dangerous incident but have successfully activated all safety systems.
Managing directors in the oil industry are how trustworthy on a scale of one to ten?
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