Production at newly opened west of Shetland gas fields is expected to meet 100% of Scotland’s average gas demand, analysts have confirmed.
Expert advice provided to the independent Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICE) has confirmed that peak production at the Laggan and Tormore fields will be able to cover average Scottish gas demand.
The Laggan and Tormore fields will produce around 8% of the UK’s gas needs.
The gas from these fields will be processed at the newly constructed Shetland Gas Plant before being exported to the mainland. The fields will have a lifespan of 20 years.
Holyrood MP Mike MacKenzie (SNP, Highlands & Islands) – who is a member of the Scottish parliament’s energy committee – said: “The newly constructed Shetland Gas Plant is a major economic investment and a sign of confidence in the future of our oil and gas industry.
“The scale of these new facilities is absolutely massive – with analysts confirming that these two fields will produce enough to meet 100% of Scotland’s gas demand.
“That’s good news for Shetland, for Scotland, and for our North Sea industry.”