To­tal to restart El­gin gas field

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DUBAI

French oil com­pany To­tal still hopes to restart gas pro­duc­tion at the El­gin Franklin plat­form in the North Sea by year end but it may not be pos­si­ble un­til early next year, a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive said on Sun­day.

The fields were shut af­ter a gas leak in May and the com­pany had aimed to restart pro­duc­tion by the end of the year, but that may de­pend on whether British safety reg­u­la­tor the HSE is happy with the com­pany's restart plan.

"We still have the ob­jec­tive of restart­ing the fields at the end of this year to the be­gin­ning of next year. But in be­tween we will have to sub­mit an HSE safety case," YvesLoius Dar­ri­car­rere, To­tal's head of up­stream, told re­porters at a con­fer­ence in Abu Dhabi.

With UK gas de­mand typ­i­cally peak­ing in Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary when heat­ing needs are high­est, the restart of El­gin Franklin be­fore the end of 2012 would help boost sup­plies in the cold­est mid-win­ter months.

The peak pro­duc­tion ca­pa­bil­ity for the El­gin/Franklin field is 280,000 bar­rels of oil equiv­a­lent per day, 175,000 bar­rels per day con­den­sate and 15.5 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of gas per day (mcm/d), ac­cord­ing to To­tal.

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