The first gas has been extracted from new gas fields, located just off the coast of the Shetland Islands. The two fields, named Edradour and Glenlivet are estimated to provide around 1.9 million barrels of oil and gas equivalent in 2018. This comes at a time when gas supply in the UK is below normal as the largest offshore storage site Rough is closed, leaving only cushion gas to be withdrawn over the next few years.
Total have begun production at the sites this week, providing immediate supply while taking advantage of a bullish gas market. Arnaud Breuillac at Total stated:
What is more, the gas fields have been developed with subsea technology in mind. Gas can be piped through a 143km subsea pipeline from the gas fields straight to Shetland gas plants, without being directed through an offshore facility.
The gas can then be used to supply gas across the Shetland Islands, as well as transport to the UK Mainland. The two fields are anticipated to supply gas to millions of homes.
Sources: Bloomberg, Reuters, BBC News, Energy Business Review