Total has started gas production in West of Shetland in the North Sea.
The Laggan-Tormore fields, located in 600 metres of water, are expected to produce 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
They will supply the Shetland Gas Plant which has a capacity of 500 million cubic feet per day.
Total owns 60% of the project alongside DONG E&P and SSE which own 20% each.
Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & Production said: “Laggan-Tormore is a key component of our production growth in 2016 and beyond. The innovative subsea-to-shore development concept, the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, has no offshore surface infrastructure and benefits from both improved safety performance and lower costs. By opening up this new production hub in the deep offshore waters of the West of Shetland, Total is also boosting the United Kingdom’s production capacity and Europe’s energy security.”
Last month, Total also announced it will start drilling at its Sween prospect in the North Sea.