Total confirms checks on Elgin platform ‘firearms licensing’

Oil giant Total said today that it is helping authorities investigate a “firearms licensing matter” on one of its North Sea rigs.

The French company said the inquiry follows an operation to relight the flare on the Elgin platform with a modified shotgun at Christmas.

The company was restarting production on the platform, which had been shut in due to the closure of the Forties Pipeline System.

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