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15 May 2012 12:08:58
France-based producer Total has said the natural gas leak at its North Sea Elgin/Franklin field could be stopped as early as this week if weather conditions are favourable, with a view to resuming production by the end of the year.
Total discovered the gas leak on 25 March, cutting production immediately, and it has been working on limiting emitted gas ever since. It is estimated that between 2.8 million cubic metres (Mm³) and 4.2Mm³ has been lost in total as a result of the leak.
"The leak should be stopped in a few days, depending on weather conditions, which we do not control," said a spokesman for Total.
Total also stated that if conditions were in its favour, it could gradually resume production by the end of the year.
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