Production at newly opened gas fields in Shetland could meet 100 per cent of Scotland’s average gas demand, analysts have claimed.
Natural gas began flowing from the Laggan-Tormore fields earlier this month after more than £3.5 billion spent developing the deepwater site by French energy group Total.
Output is expected to climb to the equivalent of 90,000 barrels of oil a day from Laggan-Tormore and processed at the nearby Shetland Gas Plant before being pumped to the mainland. It will supply around two million households – or 8 per cent of the UK’s gas needs over a lifespan of 20 years.
Advice provided to the independent Scottish Parliament Information Centre confirmed that peak production at the new fields will be able to cover average Scottish gas demand.
Highlands and Islands MSP Mike MacKenzie said: “The newly constructed Shetland Gas Plant is a major economic investment and a sign of confidence in the future of our oil and gas industry. “The scale of these new facilities is absolutely massive – with analysts confirming that these two fields will produce enough to meet 100 per cent of Scotland’s gas demand”.
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