Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Total denies reports $800million Shetland gas plant is delayed

Total news
Total news

French oil giant Total has denied reports that the £800million Shetland gas plant will not be completed until next year.

Their comments come after Danish company Dong Energy, who have a 20% stake in the development, announced to the financial markets this week that the Laggan-Tormore gas project had been delayed.

Chief construction contractor Petrofac has flooded Shetland with 2,400 workers in a desperate bid to finish building the gas plant, which was originally scheduled to open this summer, by the end of the year.

However in an interim report published on Wednesday, Dong said: “The operator of the Laggan-Tormore field is currently reviewing delays in the construction of the gas treatment plant in the Shetland Islands.

“It is Dong Energy’s expectation that production start-up from the field will be postponed from the end of 2014 to 2015.”

A spokesman for Total insisted that the £3.3billion Laggan-Tormore development was still on schedule.

“Dong have made their statement to the market,” he said.

“But as far as Total is concerned we are still working with Petrofac with a view to complete the Shetland gas plant as part of the Laggan-Tormore development by the end of this year.”

Local sources in Shetland have long suggested that the gas plant was well behind schedule, despite the number of workers being shipped into the isles to complete the job.

Petrofac has chartered six floating accommodation vessels to house around 1,600 workers in Lerwick harbour, on top of the 800 bed accommodation unit at Sella Ness near the site.

Total has also fully booked the 100 bed Moorfield Hotel in Brae for the next five years , and other accommodation providers around Shetland are fully booked up with contractors involved in the site.

Shetland Islands Council development committee chairman Alastair Cooper said that he doubted that it would be possible to have the gas plant ready by the end of 2014.

“I am not convinced; I think there are too many bits and pieces lying in yards around Shetland that have not gone in yet, and December is not far off,” he said.

The SIC is eager for gas production to commence as soon as possible as it rental income from the site, agreed five years ago before work started, is based on throughput.

Total hope to produce 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day when the plant finally opens.

Recommended for you


More from Energy Voice

Latest Posts