Total discovers source of leak

FRENCH oil major Total said yesterday it had identified the source of a gas leak at its Elgin platform in the North Sea.

The company said it was coming from a rock formation above the main reservoir, at a depth of 4,000m. A flare is still burning at the platform, 150 miles off the coast of Aberdeen. Total said it was too dangerous to send workers close enough to extinguish it although there was no chance of the flare igniting the gas below and causing an explosion.