TOTAL and project partner DONG have decided to move ahead with the development of the Edradour gas field in the West of Shetland area.

In addition, the companies have acquired a 60 per cent interest in the neighbouring Glenlivet discovery.

Total said the tie backs of Edradour and Glenlivet to Laggan-Tormore are expected to add reserves of more than 65 million barrels of oil equivalent.

“With the upcoming start-up of Laggan-Tormore, the sanction of Edradour and the entry into Glenlivet, Total is establishing a new strategic hub in the West of Shetland area,” Total Northern Europe senior vice president exploration & production Patrice de Vivies said.

“The sanction of Edradour also demonstrates our focus on cost discipline.”

Edradour’s development was put on hold in 2013 due to significant cost increases following the tendering process.

However, Total said subsequent negotiations with the contractors have reduced the costs to an acceptable level, thus allowing it to successfully launch the project.

Total operates the Edradour discovery with a 75% interest together with its partner DONG E&P (UK) which holds the remaining stake.

Following Total’s entry into Glenlivet with a 60% interest, DONG will retain a 20% interest along with Faroe Petroleum (UK) and First Oil Expro Limited, each holding a 10% interest.

The Edradour discovery is located in Block 206/4a, in about 300 meters of water, 75 kilometres northwest of the Shetlands. The development plan consists of the conversion of the discovery well into a production well and a 16 kilometre production pipeline tied back to the main Laggan-Tormore flowline.

Edradour is expected to start up in the fourth quarter of 2017 and will reach a plateau of 17,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.