New Scottish Secretary to visit Shetland for start of work on Total gas terminal
The new Secretary of State for Scotland Danny Alexander is to visit Shetland on Friday to mark the start of construction work on Total’s £500 million gas terminal at Sullom Voe.
In a fitting departure from the normal turf-cutting ceremony the Liberal Democrat MP will get to grips with a Shetland tushkar to cast a peat from the hillside where the new road and gas plant is to be built.
The Oxford-educated minister in the Tory-Lib Dem coalition should be at home on the heathery hill, having grown up near Fort William in the Highlands. He represents Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey.
A party of top executives from Total is also expected in Shetland for the ceremony, including UK managing director Roland Festor.