Total has been battling to control a gas leak on the G4 well
since 25 March and recently spudded one of two relief wells which continues to
On Thursday it revealed that its team of experts had
installed a diverter on the G4 wellhead to divert leaking gas away from the
wellhead and platform.
“This reinforces the safety of the well intervention
operation and helps alleviate restrictions on helicopter landings on the
platform from now on.”
Last week the company said that the amount of gas leaking
from the platform was chopped to around a third of its original volume.
“Due to the unfavourable weather
conditions, a team of experts from Total and specialist contractors were able
to make only two further flights to the Elgin platform this week,” Thursday’s
“During these visits, in addition
to installing the diverter, they were able to continue laying down essential
equipment for the well intervention and undertook further monitoring and
Total said its next step is to
move the West Phoenix semi-submersible drilling rig to Elgin in advance of
starting a top kill job to plug the well. The vessel Skandi Aker will assist in
Total said the Sedco 714
continues to drill the first relief well as planned but made no mention of the jack-up
Rowan Gorilla V which has been lined up to drill the second relief well.