French energy company, Total has started gas production at its development in the North Sea. The £3.5bn project consists of four subsea wells which connect to its new onshore Shetland gas plant. In total, the plant is able to handle 500 million standard cubic feet of gas per day.
The field is expected to deliver the equivalent of 90,000 barrels of oil per day and represent 8% of UK’s total gas production.
"By opening up this new production hub in the deep offshore waters of the west of Shetland, Total is also boosting the United Kingdom's production capacity and Europe's energy security," said Arnaud Breuillac, president of exploration and production at Total.
Until today, only oil was recoverable from the area. With the assistance of pipelines and the correct infrastructure, energy which was unattainable in the past in now easily accessible.
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