BP wins approval to drill deep water well off Eshaness

BP has been given government approval to drill the North Uist oil well in deep water to the north-west of Shetland.

The field is about 78 miles off Eshaness, in Block 213/25c, which is between Total’s Laggan-Tormore gas field and the UK-Faroe Median Line. The water depth is around 1,290 metres.

UK energy minister Charles Hendry is permitting BP to drill after the Department of Energy and Climate Change scrutinised the application, including its environmental impact and emergency response plans.

The Health and Safety Executive had no objections to the well design and drilling plan.

Mr Hendry said: “This consent is very positive news for West of Shetland following the announcement in the budget aimed at increasing investment in this new frontier for oil and gas exploration.


Add Your Comment
  • Gary Cooper

    • March 22nd, 2012 18:41

    Must be good news for Shetland. Yes, there will always be environmental and indeed safety concerns, however if the islands are to continue to enjoy the relative high standards of lifestyle and low unemployment then these projects must be approved and explored.


Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to editorial@shetlandtimes.co.uk for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.