TOTAL has announced that it has produced the first gas from its Edradour and Glenlivet fields, which is piped ashore at its new gas plant in Shetland.
The two fields to the west of Shetland are an offshoot of the huge Laggan-Tormore development, which began producing gas in February 2016, and are brought to the Shetland Gas Plant via a 143-kilometre long pipeline that eliminates the need for an offshore platform.
The Edradour and Glenlivet gas and condensate fields are located in between 300 and 435 metres of water and it is estimated they will produce the equivalent of 56,000 barrels of oil a day.
Total’s exploration and production president Arnaud Breuillac said: “The start-up of the Eradour and Glenlivet fields demonstrates Total’s ability to deliver projects, taking advantage of favourable market conditions and simplifying designs to optimise execution.
“We have completed this project ahead of schedule and 30 per cent under the initial budget. This development will contribute to our production growth in the North Sea.”
Following treatment at the £800 million gas plant, the gas is exported to the UK mainland via the Shetland Island Regional Gas Export System (SIRGE) and FUKA pipeline to serve the domestic UK market, while the condensates are exported via the nearby Sullom Voe Terminal.
Edradour-Glenlivet is about half the size of Laggan Tormore, but Total says it is economically viable because the wider infrastructure is now in place.