The risk of an explosion at the site of a massive natural gas leak in the North Sea has been greatly reduced, said oil analysts. Oil giant Total confirmed on Saturday that a flare, which was lit as part of the evacuation procedure at it’s Elgin platform has gone out by itself.
The 200,000-cubic-metres-a-day leak began six days ago at the platform off Scotland’s east coast, forcing the evacuation of 238 workers. A three-kilometre exclusion zone was set up around the platform with fire-fighting ships on standby in case of any explosion.
The energy company says about 3% of North Sea gas production has been lost by the shutdown.
Total have engaged specialists to advise how to plug the leak, including a team from the same engineering firm that helped tackle BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.