Total announced it has restarted gas production on the Elgin/Franklin area following the approval by the UK safety watchdog last week.
The news comes a year after a major gas leak was found on the Elgin platform (pictured), which brought production to a halt.
Total said production “resumes gradually” and should reach close to 70,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, which is around 50% of the fields’ estimated potential. The oil and gas firm added it is currently planning a redevelopment project to recover the production level that existed before the Elgin incident by 2015.
Yves-Louis Darricarrère, President of Total Upstream said: “Managing this industrial incident securely for our personnel and with limited impact on the environment was our priority. The causes of the incident are now known and all necessary measures have been taken to enable us to resume production and carry out future exploitation of the fields from the Elgin/Franklin area in the best safety conditions. Lessons learnt have been shared with the UK authorities and will also be shared with the wider industry. We now focus on continuing our development plans to bring back the full potential from these fields the soonest possible.”
Total claims production from the Elgin/Franklin area, which includes the Elgin, Franklin, West Franklin and Glenelg fields, totalled more than 700 million barrels of oil equivalent at the end of 2012.