As the first gas from Total's Laggan-Tormore gas field 125 kilometres north west of Shetland flows through the Total gas plant at Sullom Voe, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said,
"This is an important first for Total, Shetland and the wider UK economy. There is nothing but doom and gloom from some about the future of oil and gas. Yet the prospects for west of Shetland developments look positive. The French company Total are to be congratulated in bringing the huge Laggan-Tormore field on stream. That is good news for Sullom Voe, Shetland and the wider economy.
Tavish Scott is due to visit the Shetland gas plant with Total North Sea & west of Shetland boss Elizabeth Proust later this month. He added, "65,000 jobs have gone in recent months from the industry. Shetland is not immune as BP make changes to their staff numbers at Sullom Voe. But I believe that oil and gas has a significant role to play in the Shetland, Scottish and UK economies for years to come. Total's investment and their determination to bring this project forward is therefore a sign of much needed confidence at a particularly tough time for everyone who works in oil and gas."