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Total’s Elgin Platform Gas Leak: Rough Seas And Heavy Wind Could Thwart Company’s Efforts

Total to move drilling rigs from two nearby fields Total faced rough seas and heavy winds on Monday as the oil and gas company prepared to send men and machines to battle a leak at its Elgin platform in the North Sea that has spewed gas into the air for over a week.The French company, which is spending $1 million per day on efforts to plug the leak, plans to move drilling rigs from two nearby fields, fly staff to the platform if it is deemed safe and send two underwater inspection vehicles to check where best to drill relief wells, Total said on Monday."Both (inspection) vessels are currently awaiting optimum sea conditions before they can be deployed," Total said, raising concerns that relief operations will be delayed as Met Office forecasts showed even stronger wind levels for Monday afternoon.The company is expected to fly its own staff to the platform within the next few days, industry sources told Reuters.If a first visit to the platform is successful, Total plans to fly out more engineers by the end of the week to begin injecting mud into the well to stop the gas leak, the industry sources said.Workers are expected to ...

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Gas leak on Total platform in North Sea

More than 200 offshore oil workers have been evacuated from two North Sea platforms More than 200 offshore oil workers have been evacuated from two North Sea platforms after a gas leak 160 miles off the Aberdeen coast.A North Sea platform underwent a complete evacuation overnight, following a gas leak earlier on Sunday.The leak was on the Elgin PUQ platform, about 150 miles (240km) off Aberdeen.After an earlier evacuation, at about 12:15, 19 staff were left on board the platform but they were taken off overnight and have flown to Aberdeen.Total E&P UK, which operates the platform, said all 238 personnel had been accounted for and no injuries had been reported.The evacuation of the Elgin platform and nearby Rowan Viking drilling rig began soon after the leak was discovered, with 150 workers flown back to Aberdeen and 69 taken to neighbouring installations.But 19 essential personnel, who initially remained aboard the Elgin platform, were also flown back to Aberdeen in the early hours of this morning, leaving it unstaffed and powered down.A surveillance plane is due on the scene to investigate reports of a "sheen" on the water.Jake Molloy, regional organiser of the RMT union, which represents offshore workers, told BBC ...

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Gas leak safety fear for cargo ship near Darwin

Management team to inspect the ship The Darwin Port Corporation says a cargo ship ordered to anchor four nautical miles off the city's East Point Reserve has been leaking gas.It says the Eline Enterprise had its cargo damaged in rough seas on the way to Darwin.The corporation says some of the containers on board were dislodged and four were leaking ethylene gas.It says it is too risky for Darwin staff to board the vessel yet because of rough seas.The ship's predicament was reported to authorities at 3am yesterdayThe vessel's captain has told the Port Corporation that gas has now stopped flowing from the containers.Emergency Services representatives are meeting at the Port Corporation headquarters.It is believed that all of the ship's crew are safe.Source: ABC News

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Shipping traffic in Rotterdam port resumes after gas leak

The leak is fixed Shipping traffic in Rotterdam port resumed before 2 p.m. (1200 GMT) on Thursday following a partial halt due to a gas leak at a liquefied natural gas terminal, a police spokesman told Reuters.Earlier on Thursday, shipping had been halted in the area of Maasvlakte, which represents around one fifth of the total port area due to gas cloud caused by the leak at GATE terminal."The leak is fixed," Rotterdam police spokesman said.The 800 million euro Gas Access to Europe (Gate) terminal, built by Gasunie and Koninklijke Vopak said in a statement that a white cloud was created when gas was released during work on one of the jetties."This cloud was caused by condensation of water vapor in the air in contact with the cold gas. This cloud contained no toxic substances and there is no danger," the statement said.Dutch day-ahead gas prices traded 0.30 euro higher on Thursday at 25.75 euros. Traders said if gas flows from the Gate terminal have been interrupted, prices could rise even more as gas unloaded from a Nigerian cargo three days ago is expected to enter the market."The news will probably lift prices a little, a tanker unloaded at Gate ...

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GAS ALERT There has been chlorine gas leak at Mumbai Port trust. The incident happened at about 3.30 am in the morning of 14 July 2010. it has affected nearly 59 persons of the nearby Lal Bahadur Shastri Nautical Institute and a Police Station of Siwri area. The Ministry of Shipping has sought a detailed report MPT.The incident involved leakage of chlorine gas from one of the cylinders kept at Hay Bandar area of Mumbai Port Trust. These cylinders have been kept in that area which is meant for storage of hazardous goods for the past few years. The affected persons were evacuated and have been admitted to three Mumbai hospitals Port Trust Hospital, JJ Hospital and KEM Hospital.Seven out of those admitted are in ICU but their condition is said to be stable. No death has been reported as per Deputy Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust.The records of Mumbai Port Trust mention that these cylinders were empty. Mumbai Port Trust says that it is checking its records to find out whether any action had been taken for disposal of the hazardous material in the past.The situation is presently under control, and Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Traffic Manager and other senior officials ...

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