Image courtesy of Total.

France’s Total was fined $1.67 million on Tuesday for technical failures that caused one of the largest ever North Sea gas leaks.

According to the BBC, Total admitted to the Aberdeen Sheriff Court that its failure to meet some offshore installation regulations caused a March 2012 leak at its Elgin platform.

Workers present at the platform testified that they fled in fear for their lives after discovering the leak.

Total admitted that the release was caused by a miscalculation in its plan to kill an unstable well at the platform, the BBC said.

The 51-day leak was finally plugged after Total pumped heavy mud and placed cement plugs into the well.

No one was injured during the incident but the platform, located about 150 miles east of Aberdeen, was evacuated.


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