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Total starts up UK Laggan-Tormore project: Update

08 Feb 2016 14:14 GMT
Total starts up UK Laggan-Tormore project: Update

Updates expected delay to Edradour

London, 8 February (Argus) — Total has started up the Laggan-Tormore gas and condensate offshore project west of Shetlands in the UK.

The Laggan and Tormore fields were initially due on stream in 2014 but start-up was pushed back a number of times because of adverse weather and productivity issues.

The Laggan-Tormore complex will produce mostly gas, around 14mn m³/d at peak. The development consists of four wells tied back by a 140km pipeline to a new onshore processing plant on the Shetland Islands. The gas will then be delivered to the UK mainland through the Sirge pipeline, while the condensate will be exported from the Sullom Voe oil terminal on the Shetland Islands.

Laggan-Tormore is a key project for the UK because it provides much-needed infrastructure to facilitate further investment in the frontier west of Shetlands region. Total is developing the nearby Edradour and Glenlivet discoveries as tie-backs to Laggan-Tormore. They had been expected to come on line in 2017 and 2018, respectively. But project partner Danish firm Dong Energy expects the Edradour field to start up in 2018, slightly later than previously planned, it said last week.

Edradour could produce about 2.5mn m³/d at plateau, while Glenlivet output is expected to plateau at nearly 3mn m³/d. Edradour and Glenlivet are expected to help offset the decline of the Laggan-Tormore fields, which are expected to reach peak output in their second year of production.

Total operates Laggan-Tormore with a 60pc stake. Dong and UK utility SSE each hold a 20pc stake.