The UK’s newest gas field was officially opened by energy and climate change secretary Amber Rudd on 16 May.
The Laggan-Tormore field, 125km west of the Shetland Isles, is operated by Total, with SSE owning a 20% stake, and began producing gas in February this year. The fields are now running at full capacity, producing 90,000boe/ d. The nearby Edradour and Glenlivet fields being developed by the same partners are expected to start in 2017 and 2018 respectively keeping production at peak rates through to 2020.
SSE said this would help to secure energy for SSE’s customers and help meet the needs of SSE’s gas-fired power stations contributing to security of electricity supply.
SSE’s managing director of generation, Jim Smith, said: “As well as helping to meet the needs of SSE and its customers, the gas from these fields will make a significant contribution to the security of gas supply in the UK.”