The Shetland Gas Plant will next month see the arrival of an operations team which will run the gas plant once it is ready to go.
The “ops team” comprises a mixture of personnel with different skills to suit the needs of an operational gas plant such as process engineers and operators. There will be around 80 in the team.
They will start moving to Shetland at the end of October to begin getting ready for the first gas next year. Most of them will work on a rotational basis and live in the Moorfield Hotel in Brae. They will man the gas plant, once operational, for the foreseeable future.
The gas plant is 75 per cent complete and the construction workforce is at its peak at around 1,400. This will start to reduce early next year.
Once operational the gas plant, which will import, process and export gas from the Laggan-Tormore fields, is expected to produce 500 million standard cubic feet of gas per day. This would today represent five per cent of the UK’s gas production.