Total has held official inauguration ceremony of the Laggan-Tormore fields on Monday in UK.

The inauguration was held at the Shetland Gas Plant in the presence of government and industry partners including Amber Rudd MP, the UK Government secretary of state for energy and climate change and Patrick Pouyanné, chairman and CEO of Total.

The Laggan-Tormore fields, located west of the Shetland Islands in 600 meters of water, began production in February, 2016.

MP 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. We are 100% committed to helping our oil and gas industry attract investment, unlock new potential and remain competitive for the future.”

Patrick Pouyanné, chairman and CEO of Total added: “The Laggan-Tormore development demonstrates Total’s continued commitment to the United Kingdom. By opening up its third production hub in the frontier deep offshore waters of the West of Shetland, Total is also improving the United Kingdom’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.”

The Laggan-Tormore development consists of a 140 kilometer tie-back of four subsea wells to the new onshore Shetland Gas Plant which has a capacity of 500 million standard cubic feet per day.

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 E&P (UK) Limited (20%) and SSE E&P UK Limited (20%).

David Cook, CEO of DONG Oil & Gas said:

“We are proud to be a partner in this flagship project which is a great example of DONG Energy playing a key role in the delivery of the UK’s long-term energy requirements. Together with operator Total and our partner SSE, we have overcome many challenges to deliver the project from exploration through appraisal, development and into operation. Laggan-Tormore has been a pioneer project to develop new infrastructure and secure gas production from this frontier area of the UK Continental Shelf. It is fitting that we should celebrate an outstanding oil and gas industry achievement today.”

SSE’s managing director of generation, Jim Smith, concluded: “We are proud to be a partner in the ground breaking Laggan-Tormore gas fields and the new Shetland Gas Plant. SSE has a long-standing relationship with the Shetland community which we are pleased to extend. As well as helping to meet the needs of SSE and its customers, the gas from these fields will make a significant contribution to the security of gas supply in the UK.”

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