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DONG Energy is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe, headquartered in Denmark. Around 6,700 ambitious employees are engaged in producing energy from offshore wind farms, bioenergy and thermal heat and power plants, oil and gas fields as well as providing energy solutions to residential and business customers. Group revenue was DKK 67bn (EUR 9.0bn) in 2014. For further information, see www.dongenergy.com
He added "Achieving our first production from Laggan-Tormore further underlines DONG Energy's growing portfolio and commitment in the UK.
Michael Smith, Managing Director DONG Oil & Gas UK said:
"Following our many discoveries in the West of Shetlands, we have worked hard to realise the area's huge potential. First production shows that, together with operator Total, we have successfully delivered this complex project from exploration through appraisal, then to development and now operations."
The Laggan-Tormore fields are located in the deep water, West of the Shetland region. The development consists of a 140 kilometre tie-back of four subsea wells to the new onshore Shetland Gas Plant which has a capacity of 500 million standard cubic feet per day. Following treatment at the gas plant, the processed gas is exported to the mainland.
DONG Energy is also a partner in the development of the nearby offshore Edradour and Glenlivet fields, which will tie into Laggan-Tormore's infrastructure. The Edradour discovery is located 75 kilometres northwest of Shetland in 300 metres of water and the Glenlivet discovery is located north of Edradour in 400 metres of water. Edradour is expected to start up in 2017, followed by Glenlivet in 2018.
DONG Energy Oil & Gas holds a 20% interest in Laggan-Tormore, Edradour and Glenlivet along with operator Total (60%) and SSE E&P UK Limited (20%).