16/05/2016 - Press release

Total Inaugurates Laggan-Tormore Project in the Shetland Islands

The Laggan-Tormore inauguration ceremony was held today 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 began production on February 7, 2016, and production has since ramped up to the full production capacity of 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d).

UK Government Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 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 said:

“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 fields are located west of the Shetland Islands in 600 meters of water. The 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 (EVP DONG Energy) 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 said:

“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.”

 

Total Exploration & Production in the United Kingdom

Total has been present in the United Kingdom for more than 50 years and is one of the country’s leading oil and gas operators, with equity production of 107,000 boe/d in 2015 and combined operated production of 260,000 boe/d planned for 2016. Total’s production in the United Kingdom comes from several operated fields located offshore in three major zones: the Alwyn/Dunbar area in the Northern North Sea, the Elgin/Franklin area in the Central North Sea and the new Laggan-Tormore hub in the West of Shetland area.

DONG Energy in the UK

DONG Energy is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe, headquartered in Denmark. Around 6,700 ambitious employees, including over 700 in the UK, are engaged in developing, constructing and operating offshore wind farms; generating power and heat from our power stations; providing energy to residential and business customers on a daily basis; and producing oil and gas. Group revenue was DKK 71bn (EUR 9.5bn) in 2015. For further information, see www.dongenergy.co.uk or follow us @DONGEnergyUK on Twitter.

SSE E&P in the UK

SSE plc is one of the UK’s leading energy companies, involved in the generation, distribution and supply of electricity and in the extraction, storage, distribution and supply of gas. Its core purpose is to provide the energy people need in a reliable and sustainable way. It supplies energy to around 8 million energy and home services customers throughout Great Britain and Ireland, is frequently ranked number one for customer service and is one of the UK’s leading generators of electricity from renewable sources. SSE became a Living Wage employer in September 2013 and was accredited with the Fair Tax Mark in October 2014. Every year it contributes around £9 billion to the UK economy. www.sse.com