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Total Elgin/Franklin toxic blowout

13 APRIL 2012


Just received this pic from the Elgin-Franklin blowout.

The yellow stuff presumably is sulfur. Not nice stuff.

Blow-out is at the cellar deck from a surface Xmastree.

No idea how sour (H2S content) the gas is, but realise that 1000 ppm (= 0.1%) means instant death.

It is as poisonous or even slightly worse than hydrogen cyanide, the stuff in detective….

Very difficult to approach without full protection gear.

I am glad I am not in the shoes of the Total engineers and management.


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One Comment

  1. Richmond says:

    The same picture was published in the Aberdeen Press and Journal 7th April. This web site published the same picture and comments. Looking carefully at the gas issuing from the ports in the casing the volumes have decayed considerably at that time even more so by now. The zone from where the gas is originating has reduced in pressure and volume hence Total can send a team of people to asses and begin to prepare the “top kill” procedure. Rest assured the people from Total and all Contractors will be fully competent and equipped for the task in hand including all the appropriate necessary protective equipment in abundance.

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