Comment posted Continuing gas leak at Elgin platform as deepwater drilling starts west of Shetland by newsroom.
For Dorrey: Your analysis of the failure of the casing of a well is looking very likely, from what we are hearing from industry insiders in Aberdeen on the circumstances in which the leak took place – as a spent well was closed.
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- And why so gratuitously offensive about our honest work to research and report?
We have neither seen nor said that the Elgin platform situation is similar to that of the Deepwater Horizon incident.
We correctly described this well as deeply drilled – 3 miles below the sea floor – rather than in deep water.
The point is that gas extracted from these depths is more intensely poisonous because of its proportion of hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide.
- Have just read that H2S is removed from natural gas during the extraction process by being passed through a container of hydrated iron(III) oxide.
Its appearance on the surface at the Elgin platform would appear to confirm a breach in the pipework bypassing passage through the hydrated iron oxide.
- H2S is also produced during anaerobic digestion, a process used in the production of biofuel.
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