Total officially opens Shetland gas plant

A major new gas processing plant in Shetland has officially been opened. Total said the Shetland Gas Plant, which has a capacity of 500 million standard cubic feet per day, […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A major new gas processing plant in Shetland has officially been opened.

Total said the Shetland Gas Plant, which has a capacity of 500 million standard cubic feet per day, is capable of supplying energy to two million homes.

It started processing gas from the Laggan-Tormore fields in February this year.

Since then, it has been ramped up to full production capacity of 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

The subsea-to-shore development, claimed to be the first of its kind in the country, will provide the domestic market with 8% of its daily gas requirements.

Energy Secretary Amber 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.”

The project is part of Total’s £3.5 billion investment.