The Shetland Gas Plant at Sullom Voe is being officially opened today, over three months after production began from the Laggan-Tormore fields.
Among the special guests at the inauguration ceremony are UK energy and climate change minister Amber Rudd and Total chairman and chief executive Patrick Pouyanné.
The Laggan-Tormore fields began production on 7th February and production has since ramped up to the full production capacity of 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
Ms Rudd said the vote of confidence in the offshore oil and gas industry was great news for Shetland and the UK as a whole, creating jobs and providing secure, affordable energy to the UK’s families and businesses for decades to come.
She said: “North Sea oil and gas is crucial to our energy mix and this government is clear that the broad shoulders of the UK are firmly behind this vital industry and the thousands of workers and families it supports.
“We are 100 per cent committed to helping our oil and gas industry attract investment, unlock new potential and remain competitive for the future.”
Mr Pouyanné said: “The Laggan-Tormore development demonstrates Total’s continued commitment to the United Kingdom.
“By opening up its third production hub in the frontier deep offshore waters of the West of Shetland, Total is also improving the United Kingdom’s long-term energy security.
“This subsea-to-shore development is the first of its kind in the country and will provide the domestic market with eight per cent of its daily gas requirements while enabling the potential for further developments in the west of Shetland area.”
The Laggan-Tormore fields are located west of Shetland in 600 metres of water. The development consists of a 140-kilometre tie-back of four subsea wells to the new onshore Shetland Gas Plant which has a capacity of 500 million standard cubic feet per day. Following treatment at the gas plant, the processed gas is exported to the mainland.
Total operates Laggan-Tormore, Edradour and Glenlivet with a 60 per cent interest alongside partners Dong E&P (UK) Ltd (20 per cent) and SSE E&P UK Ltd (20 per cent).