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Stopping North Sea gas leak 'may take six months'

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Stopping North Sea gas leak 'may take six months'

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The oil giant Total says it may take six months to stop a gas leak on the abandoned Elgin rig in the North Sea off Scotland.

Engineers are looking at two options: drilling a relief well or a faster but riskier method.

A cloud of gas surrounds the platform which lies 240 kilometres east of Aberdeen and accounts for more than five per cent of Britain’s total oil production.