Total E&P UK Limited, one of the leading oil and gas producers on the UK Continental Shelf, has recently announced a significant new gas condensate discovery off the Shetland Islands.

The discovery was made approximately 100km North West of the Sullom Voe Terminal of the Shetland Islands, with Total the operator of this block awarded at the end of 2004.

The Tormore discovery well 205/5a-1 was drilled to a total depth of 3936 metres and tested at 32m cubic feet per day of gas with a condensate gas ratio of 75 barrels per million cubic foot.

Yves-Louis Darrcarrere, Total’s president of exploration and production, commented, “The reserves related to this discovery will be evaluated over the coming months and strengthen the gas potential of the area near the Lagan discovery in the West of Shetlands. This success illustrates Total’s commitment to contribute to the development of the United Kingdom’s oil and gas resources.”

Meanwhile, the fight against climate change has received a boost from a Shetland partnership who have pledged to build the isles’ first house with no carbon footprint by the end of next year.

The houses will use renewable hydrogen technology for heating and electricity and also wind and solar power. The wind is also being used to produce hydrogen, which will be stored in a state-of-the-art fuel cell, smaller than a dishwasher, to heat the house at times when the wind is not blowing.

The housing revolution is due to take place on a greenfield site in Eshaness, with 2 houses built initially to obtain valuable and reliable date for development of the next phase.

Plans are also being drawn up for a hydrogen refuelling station near the site, which could power a set of unique hydrogen cars and enable local people to lead their lives completely free of negative environmental impact.