An oil worker has passed away after becoming unwell at the Shetland Gas Plant (SGP).
The 61-year-old, who worked for services company Petrofac, said the man had become unwell on site and was taken to Bain Hospital in Lerwick before being transferred to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
A Petrofac spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that a Shetland Gas Plant worker sadly passed away today (Thursday 26 March 2015).
“He was transferred to Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick on the morning of Wednesday 25 April having become unwell whilst on site, then onto Aberdeen Royal Infirmary later that day. Our thoughts are with his family who we will continue to support in any way we can.”
It is understood the man’s family have been informed and is death is believed to be from natural causes, although this is yet to be confirmed.
Petrofac was awarded the $1.19 billion lump-sum engineering, procurement supply, construction and commissioning contract to build the SGP, which will receive gas from Total’s Laggan-Tormore fields, in October 2010.
Total admitted last year that the Shetland gas plant would not be completed.
A company spokesman said it was likely to be ready during the first three months of the 2015, about nine months behind schedule.
The offshore infrastructure between the onshore plant and the Laggan-Tormore gas reservoirs to the west of Shetland is all in place and ready to operate, according to the spokesman.
Nearly four years of construction work on the massive gas plant has been plagued by weather related delays and other hitches, leading to rising costs.