French oil and gas firm Total has confirmed it has stopped the gas leak at its Elgin platform 240km from Aberdeen in the North Sea. The operation, which began on May 15th, involved pumping heavy mud into the leaking well. According to Total the leak was stopped 12 hours later.
The well had been leaking following an incident on 25th March, in which 238 people were evacuated, both from Elgin and an adjacent drilling rig, the Rowan Viking.
According to Reuters, the leak at the platform has cost Total around £1.8 million pounds a day in relief operations and lost net income.