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Project: >US$2 billion engineering, procurement, supply, construction and commissioning contract

Client: TOTAL E&P UK

Location: Sullom Voe, Shetland Islands, UK


Start date


In October 2010 we were awarded an engineering, procurement supply, construction and commissioning contract by Total E&P UK to develop the new Shetland gas plant (SGP).

Site statistics:

The SGP occupies an area of approximately 540,000m² and the build required:

  • 39,000 cubic metres of concrete
  • 3,900 tonnes of steel
  • 15,000m of underground GRE pipes
  • 1500 km of electrical and instrument cabling
  • a 90m high flare

At peak times there were as many as 2,000 people on site. So in addition to building a modern, well-equipped temporary accommodation block with offices, a canteen, recreational centre, medical suite and an all-weather five-a-side football pitch, additional accommodation also had to be sourced. This included utilising the island’s hotels – providing direct local economic benefits – and bringing in floating accommodation facilities to Lerwick harbour; a significant logistical challenge.

The onsite project team was supported by our  office in Aberdeen with the engineering, procurement and construction activities being executed from our Sharjah office.

Total E&P UK announced first production from the Laggan and Tormore fields on 8 February 2016 and anticipates that the overall development will help meet the UK’s gas needs for decades to come.

The SGP now processes gas from the Laggan and Tormore gas and condensate fields, which lie 125km north-west of the Shetland Islands. The gas is then exported via a new 30” pipeline, to a tie in point 230km south on the existing Frigg pipeline and then on to the St Fergus gas terminal near Peterhead in Aberdeenshire.

Training and competency

We developed a robust training and competency programme for everyone working on site which included three separate induction programmes:

  • job specific,
  • health, safety and environment
  • and site specific

This ensured that everyone on site conducted themselves in a safe and respectful manner and understood what was expected of them.

We also invested in a reskill programme, which supported seven of our employees to develop their construction site skills and safety knowledge. Find out more about the reskill programme.


In parallel to the work on site, the project team had significant engagement with the local Shetland community. The teams were involved in activities such as beach clean-ups and the local ‘Up Helly Aa’ festival. We also sponsored Dogs Against Drugs to help boost drug detection capability on the island.