Total announces major gas discovery off Shetland

James Marshall
September 25, 2018

The logo of French oil giant Total is pictured at its first gas station in Mexico City, Mexico January 25, 2018.

Glendronach is operated by Total E&P UK with a 60 per cent interest alongside partners Ineos E&P UK Limited (20 per cent) and SSE E&P UK Limited (20 per cent).

Early estimates for the find made by Total, the French oil major, suggest that there could be one trillion cubic feet of gas, equivalent to more than 175 million barrels of oil, at the Glendronach prospect in the North Sea.

Located on Block 206/04a to the west of the Shetlands, in water depth of about 300 meters and in a formation below the Edradour reservoir, Total said the discovery can be developed quickly using the existing infrastructure around the Edradour field and the Laggan-Tormore facilities that deliver gas to the company's Shetland Gas Plant.

Global energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie said it was the largest conventional gas discovery in United Kingdom waters since Culzean in 2008 in the North Sea.

"We know West of Shetland has significant exploration potential; some one trillion cubic feet of gas, which is why we're supporting industry's West of Shetland Area Plan to progress exploration and development in the region".

"Exploration in the United Kingdom has been a huge concern so far in 2018 with just five exploration wells spudded to date - on track for lowest levels of activity since the 1960s. The cupboard is pretty bare beyond 2020".

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said the "important gas field find can secure the future of the Shetland Gas Plant for many years to come".

"This gas should stay where is it".

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