Total makes big gas find off UK

Christopher Davidson
September 25, 2018

The discovery, on the Glendronach prospect, could deliver about one trillion cubic feet of recoverable resources.

Analysts from Wood Mackenzie, the energy consultancy, said that figure would make it the largest find since the Culzean gasfield in 2008.

"Glendronach is a significant discovery for Total which gives us access to additional gas resources in one of our core areas and validates our exploration strategy".

Total say the discovery can be developed quickly with the existing infrastructure around hte Edradour field and the Lagga-Tormore facilities at the Shetland Gas Plant.

Total said the discovery will extend the life of the West of Shetland infrastructure and production hub which includes the Laggan, Tormore, Edradour & Glenlivet fields, as well as the Shetland Gas plant, all of which contribute to about 7 percent of the United Kingdom gas consumption.

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Oil and Gas Authority chief executive Andy Samuel commented: "This discovery is clearly great news not just for Total and the Shetland Gas Plant, but as a gas discovery it's great news for the UK's security of supply".

Glendronach is operated by Total E&P UK with a 60% interest alongside partners Ineos E&P UK Limited on 20% and SSE E&P UK on 20%.

Elgin/Franklin area in the Central North Sea and the Laggan-Tormore hub in the West of Shetland area. A trillion cubic feet of gas equates to 176 million barrels of oil equivalent.

"So this discovery is welcome news, even if there is more work to do if the United Kingdom is to fill the project gap that is set to arise in the next few years".

News of a major gas discovery west of Shetland has been welcomed.

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