The UK gas industry is mature and is an important market for us. In 2016, 68% of our production was gas, of which 95% went into the national grid. In total, we supplied 8% of the UK’s gas requirements. Our expertise, innovation and investment underpins our continued commitment to the UK.
A Leading Producer on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf
Total E&P UK is one of the largest oil and gas exploration and production subsidiaries of the Total Group. With the North Sea basin now very mature, prospects are smaller and more difficult to develop. Against a backdrop of tight margins and higher exploration costs, we have remained committed to the North Sea. Our focus is on ensuring lower costs, better safety and stable production from our UK assets.
- 143,100 Boe/d (Total Group Share) produced in 2017
- 665mn cubic metres per day, Laggan-Tormore capacity
- 6% of the UK’s gas needs supplied by Total
Investing in Innovation
As a long-term partner in the North Sea, we are at the forefront of helping secure future energy needs. Our strategy is to focus around our core areas of operation, applying innovative technologies to make us more efficient, safe and environmentally sensitive.
We have invested £3.5 billion in the UK’s deepest offshore development, West of Shetland, helping to secure energy production for the future. To extract gas reserves that are located in deep seabeds in this frontier region, our teams are using expertise acquired over 30 years to build innovative infrastructure. In February 2016 we achieved a significant milestone, bringing production from Laggan-Tormore fields on-stream. Since then we have also completed the Edradour-Glenlivet project. These two satellite wells have been developed under budget and ahead of schedule.
Technological advances have enabled us to extend the life of our Northern North Sea fields by two to five years by improving efficiency and reducing costs. Production from our Alwyn North platform has now exceeded two billion barrels of oil.
The future of energy
Developing technologies for the future and digitalisation are a key part of our strategy and we continue important work with universities across the UK and new R&D-focused bodies, such as the Oil & Gas Technology Centre. In 2017, Total signed a five year Partnership Agreement with Heriot‑Watt University’s Institute of Petroleum Engineering covering global research and development and educational activities.
We are exploring opportunities for renewable energy in the UK with our affiliate SunPower, and are increasing the number of renewable producers we buy from. Our purchasing capacity from renewable distributors is set to increase by almost 50% by 2018.
Our wholly owned subsidiary in the UK, Saft, acquired in 2016, complements our portfolio with advanced technology electricity storage solutions, a key component of the future growth of renewable energy.
OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS
Oil & Gas UK is the leading trade association for the United Kingdom offshore oil and gas industry.
The Voice of the Offshore Industry
Established in April 2007 but with experience stretching back over 40 years, this not-for-profit organisation aims to strengthen the long-term health of the offshore oil and gas industry in the United Kingdom by working closely with companies across the sector, governments and all other stakeholders to address key issues and raise the profile of sector. It is a source of information for the UK Upstream and a gateway to industry networks and expertise. Total is a key member of Oil and Gas UK (OGUK)