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.