Glendronach has to be one of the North Sea’s dream discoveries.
The drilling contract was signed less than six months ago; drilling started barely four months ago; a gas discovery initially assessed at 1 trillion cubic feet recoverable has just been declared and uber fast-track development is on the cards thanks to having high grade, fit-for-purpose infrastructure on the doorstep.
This is in contrast to most finds made on the UK continental shelf and certainly on the Atlantic Frontier in the west of Shetland sector.
I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a collective sigh of relief as glasses were perhaps raised at operator Total’s UK office complex in Westhill, near Aberdeen.
There, folk have been under pressure of late because of battles over offshore shift patterns.
Information released about the find thus far is sparse, but Glendronach is great news for those such as myself who have long believed in the slow-burn potential of West of Shetland.
It is brilliant news for Total, which fought long and hard for years to get Laggan-Tormore to come together as a project.
Indeed, a past North Sea chief, Michel Conti, even battled with the UK Government, arguing that it should put money into supporting the pipeline infrastructure that would be required as it would be of great national strategic importance.
Let’s hope that Glendronach turns out to be a great success – it’s already shaping up that way.