LONDON, April 5 French oil major Total
is flying a team of crisis engineers to inspect its leaking
North Sea Elgin gas platform with a view to eventually plugging
the well, it said on Thursday.
" Total confirms that a helicopter took off from Aberdeen at
10:30am (0930 GMT) today with the objective of landing on the
Elgin PUQ (Process, Utilities, Quarters) to allow a specialised
team to perform a reconnaissance mission of the Elgin wellhead
platform and the G4 well, if it is safe to do so," a spokesman
The crew of eight aboard the helicopter is a mix of Total
and Houston-based Wild Well Control staff.