Oil and gas company Total began its “dynamic kill” procedure to stop the gas release from the Elgin well this morning, according to DECC.
The operation in the North Sea includes drilling mud into the well using a temporary pipeline, which DECC suggested is the quickest way to stop the gas release from the well.
This action follows a gas leak in the Elgin field which was reported in March this year, when Total evacuated an oil rig in the field over safety fears.
The French operator was given environmental consent by DECC earlier this month to carry out the so-called “kill” after a full assessment of the operation.
A spokesman from DECC said: “We continue to monitor the situation closely and hope this operation successfully stops the gas release.”