Total Officially Opens Shetland Gas Plant

French oil major Total officially opened a new gas plant on the Shetland Islands Monday, following the production start-up of the Laggan and Tormore gas and condensate fields, located in the West of Shetland, earlier this year.

Situated in 1,968 feet of water, the fields will produce 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, according to Total, which has labelled the project as a “key component” of its future production growth. The Laggan-Tormore development includes an 86 mile tie-back of four subsea wells to the new onshore Shetland gas plant which has a capacity of 500 million cubic feet of gas per day. Following treatment at the plant, the gas is exported to the mainland via the Shetland Island Regional Gas Export System (SIRGE) and the condensates are exported via the Sullom Voe Terminal.

The start-up of Britain’s Laggan-Tormore gas condensate fields were delayed numerous times, with initial output commencement expected at the end of 2014. Delays caused by adverse weather conditions and industrial action last year meant that oilfield services firm Petrofac incurred a $195 million loss on its work on the Laggan-Tormore gas plant project, which followed a previous $230 million loss.

Total E&P UK operates Laggan-Tormore with a 60 percent interest alongside partners DONG E&P (UK) Limited (20 percent) and SSE E&P UK Limited (20 percent).



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