24th January 2020
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First gas flows into Total plant from new West of Shetland fields

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French energy giant Total has produced the first gas from its Edradour and Glenlivet field west of the isles.

The field uses subsea technology to pipe gas directly to a purpose-built production facility near Sullom Voe.

The area is close to the Laggan-Tormore fields which came on stream in February last year.

The Edradour and Glenlivet development promises to bring additional production capacity of up to 56,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day.

President of Exploration and Production at Total, Arnaud Breuillac, said: “The start-up of the Edradour and Glenlivet fields demonstrates Total’s ability to deliver projects, taking advantage of favourable market conditions and simplifying designs to optimise execution.

“We have completed this project ahead of schedule and 30 per cent under the initial budget.

“This development will contribute to our production growth in the North Sea.”

The Edradour and Glenlivet development consists of a 35-kilometre tie-back of three subsea wells to the existing Laggan-Tormore production system, which includes the 143-kilometre pipeline and the onshore Shetland Gas Plant. Following treatment at the gas plant, the gas is exported to the UK mainland and will serve the UK domestic market.

About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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