Total to develop gas fields west of Shetland

Total SA plans to develop the Laggan and Tormore gas fields west of the Shetland Islands, subject to UK government approval.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Mar. 17
-- Total SA plans to develop the Laggan and Tormore gas fields west of the Shetland Islands, subject to UK government approval.

The £2.5 billion development lies in 600 m of water on Blocks 206/1a, 205/4b, and 205/5a, about 140 km off the Shetland Islands.

Total estimates that the fields contain 230 million boe of reserves and will have a 500 MMscfd peak gas production rate or a 93,000 boe/d peak rate when condensates are included.

The company plans to start work almost immediately on the offshore gas infrastructure and on a new gas processing plant a Sullom Voe on Shetland. It expects first gas production in 2014.

From the Sullom Voe gas plant, the produced gas will enter a 230-km export pipeline that will tie into the existing Frigg UK line. The Frigg line will transport the gas to the Total operated Saint Fergus gas terminal, north of Aberdeen.

Total also has acquired Chevron North Sea Ltd.'s 10% interest and Eni UK Ltd.'s 20% interest in the fields. Total now holds an 80% interest with the remaining interest held by DONG E&P (UK) Ltd.

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