French oil company Total has formally launched its Laggan-Tormore pipeline and infrastructure development which connects four subsea wells to the new onshore gas plant in Shetland.
The Laggan-Tormore fields are located west of the Shetland Islands in almost 2,000-ft of water. The development consists of a 140 kilometer tie-back of four subsea wells to the Shetland gas plant, which has a capacity of 500 million cubic feet per day.
The Laggan-Tormore fields began production in February this year and production has since ramped up to the full production capacity of 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d).
Until February, only oil was recoverable from the area. Now, with the pipelines and infrastructure in place, much of the energy which was previously inaccessible can be reached
The formal inauguration ceremony was attended by British Energy Minister Amber Rudd, MP, accompanied by Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and Chief Executive of Total.
Rudd said: “This vote of confidence in the offshore oil and gas industry is great news for the Shetland Islands and for the UK as a whole, creating jobs and providing secure, affordable energy to the UK’s families and businesses for decades to come.
“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% committed to helping our oil and gas industry attract investment, unlock new potential and remain competitive for the future.”
Patrick Pouyanné added: “The Laggan-Tormore development demonstrates our continued commitment to the United Kingdom.
“By opening up our third production hub in the frontier deep offshore waters of the West of Shetland, Total is also improving Britain’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 8% of its daily gas requirements while enabling the potential for further developments in the West of Shetland area.
“We are still continuing to invest in additional discoveries that will be put on stream in 2017-2018 which will give additional revenues from this plant”.
Following treatment at the gas plant, the processed gas is exported to the mainland. Total operates Laggan-Tormore, Edradour and Glenlivet with a 60% interest alongside partners DONG and SSE, which each have a 20% stake in the field.