There are 238 workers in the Total’s Elgin Platform in the North Sea oil rig and all of them have been evacuated to places of safety because of the gas leak and spillage of oil.
A reservoir of gas situated thousands of meters below the North Sea is believed to be the source of the gas leakage – the gas contains poisonous hydrogen-sulphide gas. This might pose dangers to marine life.
Total’s Elgin Platform is located 150-miles from Aberdeen and ships have been warned not to come to within a 2-miles radius. The airspace has also been declared out of bounds for a 3-mile radius.
Leak of gas from the oil well has triggered understandable panic with memories of the Deepwater Horizon in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster still fresh in the minds of the people.
Plugging the leak could take up to six months and experts feel it could die a natural death – however, they also admit that this would be a dream solution.