Monday 4 March 2024
 6.7°C   SSE Fresh Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Energy / Gas plant remains shut after heating system fault

Shetland Gas Plant. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

SHETLAND Gas Plant remains out of action today following a fault with a heating system yesterday (Tuesday).

Production is still shutdown whilst TotalEnergies conducts an investigation into the incident.

The Health and Safety Executive is aware of the incident and is making enquiries.

The fault resulted in steam being released, which was seen in the skies by people in Shetland.

A spokesperson for Total Energies said staff are also assessing when it will be safe to restart production.

The steam as seen off Muckle Roe. Photo: Keith Nicolson

“We will not restart production until it is safe to do so,” they said.

“As a result of the incident, steam was emitting from the plant, visible to people at a distance from the site.

“We wish to reassure people that the substance came from the heating system, was made up primarily of water and was not a hydrocarbon leak.”

A spokesperson for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: “We’re aware of an incident at Shetland Gas Plant, which resulted in a complete site shutdown and a period of flaring for safety reasons on Tuesday 5th December.

“SEPA officers contacted the operators and confirmed that the site remains shut down, no gas is currently entering or exiting the site and there is no ongoing flaring. However, further flaring may take place when plant operations start up again.

“We expect the operator to minimise any potential disruption where possible and our enquiries are ongoing.”

The gas plant, located near Sullom Voe Terminal, takes in gas from fields to the West of Shetland.

The facility processes the gas before it is piped onwards to the Scottish mainland.

When the site opened in the mid 2010s TotalEnergies said the plant would provide around eight per cent of the UK’s gas needs.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.

 

Newsletters

Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.