North Sea News

Fierce North Sea Storm Forces Oil Rig Evacuations; Worker Killed

A fierce storm in the North Sea forced oil firms to evacuate platforms and shut down production on Thursday on concerns that they could be hit by a drifting barge that had broken its anchor. The strong winds had ripped …

Total to Proceed with Work to Cap Leaking Gas Well

French oil producer Total said it would pump mud into a well to stop a gas leak at its Elgin platform in the North Sea, after a reconnaissance team found that conditions were safe enough to allow the operation. Operations …

Total Considers Options to Extinguish North Sea Gas Flare

France’s Total is laying plans, including a helicopter water drop, fire-fighting vessels and spraying nitrogen, to extinguish a flare on its Elgin North Sea gas platform that is leaking explosive clouds of gas, the UK energy department said. The flare, …

Total: “May be Months” to Stop North Sea Gas Leak

A cloud of explosive natural gas boiling out of the North Sea from a leak at Total’s abandoned Elgin platform forced wider evacuations off the Scottish coast on Tuesday as the French oil company warned it may take six months …

Shell North Sea Pipeline Leak – ‘Substantial’

Royal Dutch Shell’s ruptured pipeline in the North Sea has already caused a “substantial” oil spill, with oil still leaking into the sea on Monday, the British government said on Monday. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said: …