Drop ahead for UK oil and gas production prompts “serious concerns”

An expected drop in oil and gas production in the North Sea within the next couple of years has prompted “serious concerns” from trade body Oil and Gas UK. Its Economics Report 2013 published today found production last year declined by 14.5% to 567 million barrels of oil equivalent or 1.54 million boe per day […]

Total gets green light to restart North Sea gas field

Oil and gas firm Total has been given clearance to resume production at its Elgin gas platform (pictured) nearly a year after a major leak was found. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) gave the go-ahead and said it has “accepted the safety case” for the Elgin installation. Located 150 miles east of Aberdeen, the […]

Gulf of Mexico-style leaks continue to drop

The number of offshore oil and gas leaks which caused the major blowout at BP’s Macondo rig in 2010 is continuing to drop, new safety statistics revealed today. The total number of major and significant hydrocarbon releases in 2011/12 fell to 52 compared to 73 last year, the lowest releases for the last ten years, […]

Total plugs Elgin leak

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 […]

Tests show ‘minimal’ water contamination from Elgin leak

Tests on water samples gathered two miles from the Elgin platform gas leak indicate there has been no direct marine contamination from the incident, says the Scottish Parliament. Water and sediment samples were tested for traces of oil and gas (hydrocarbon) pollution at the Marine Scotland Science laboratory in Aberdeen. Earlier this month TOTAL evacuated […]

Government to increase transparency on spills

The Government will increase its reporting of oil spill data following the Total gas leak in the North Sea. Energy Minister Charles Hendry said today that improving transparency was important. Speaking at a joint press conference held today in Aberdeen with the Managing Director of TOTAL, Charles Hendry praised the oil firm for their quick […]

Minister feels heat for confusion over Elgin gas flare

The Energy Minister is feeling the heat this week after inadvertently causing confusion over the flare at the North Sea oil platform which Total evacuated because of a gas leak on Sunday. The flare is effectively a flame which constantly burns on offshore gas rigs. When it emerged that the Elgin Franklin well platform’s flare […]