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Gas Leak at Elgin Platform in North Sea 'Has Been Stopped'

from BBC News Online

The gas leak from the Elgin platform in the North Sea has been stopped, according to oil firm Total. The company's platform was evacuated when the gas began leaking on Sunday 25 March. An attempt to stop the leak by pumping heavy mud into the well got under way on Tuesday.

Total said the operation had stopped the well leak within 12 hours and described the development as a "major turning point."

Yves-Louis Darricarrère, Total's president of exploration and production, said: "Our absolute priority was to stop the gas leak safely and as quickly as possible. We shall now fully complete the ongoing task and take into account the lessons learnt from this incident."

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