Total has been granted approval by Britain to undertake a ‘dynamic kill’ operation to try and stop a gas leak at its Elgin platform.
The on-deck procedure involves pumping heavy mud into the compromised G4 well. The Elgin platform was evacuated after gas started leaking on March 25.
The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said it had granted Total environmental permits to undertake the dynamic kill operation to try to stop the gas release from the Elgin well. DECC said it had carried out full environmental assessment of the operation and the Health and Safety Executive had confirmed it had no objections.
The West Phoenix drilling rig will be positioned alongside the abandoned Elgin platform to act as the pumping vessel.
"The dynamic kill operation is a major step for Total and offers the quickest way to stop the release from the well. In parallel, work is underway to drill a relief well as an alternative solution. We continue to monitor the situation closely," DECC said.