An operation to stem a gas leak at a North Sea platform is due to begin in the next few days.
Gas has been leaking from Total's Elgin platform since March.
The French oil giant has been preparing two possible solutions to stem the problem.
A well-intervention operation, pumping heavy mud into the source of the leak, is due to begin "within very few days", a Total spokesman said.
Final preparations are under way and the West Phoenix drilling rig has been positioned around 30m away from the Elgin platform.
Other preparations include major welding of some of the key components and final testing of essential equipment.
The rate that gas is leaking from the platform "continues to diminish significantly" and is now at an estimated rate of 0.6kg per second, down from 2kg per second.
Total experts have made seven helicopter flights to the platform, around 150 miles off the coast of Aberdeen, over the past week.
The spokesman said that drilling of the relief well - the second possible solution for stemming - is continuing "as per plan".
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