Total has started gas production from the Laggan and Tormore fields in 600m of water in the West of Shetland area, UK.

The fields are located on Blocks 206/1a, 205/4b and 205/5a and will produce a combined 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) together.

Total Exploration & Production president Arnaud Breuillac said: "Laggan-Tormore is a key component of our production growth in 2016 and beyond.

"The innovative subsea-to-shore development concept, the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, has no offshore surface infrastructure and benefits from both improved safety performance and lower costs.

"Total is boosting the UK’s production capacity and Europe’s energy security."

"By opening up this new production hub in the deep offshore waters of the West of Shetland, Total is also boosting the United Kingdom’s production capacity and Europe’s energy security."

Development of Laggan and Tormore was launched in 2010 and comprises a 140km tie-back of four subsea wells to the new onshore Shetland Gas plant.

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The gas will be treated at the plant, which has a peak production capacity of 500 million standard cubic feet per day.

It would be exported to the mainland through the Shetland Island Regional Gas Export System (SIRGE).

The Sullom Voe Terminal will be used to export the condensates.

Laggan-Tormore is operated by Total E&P UK with a 60% interest. Remaining partners are Dong E&P (UK) (20%) and SSE E&P UK (20%).

In July 2015, Total signed an agreement to sell 20% of its interests in the Laggan, Tormore, Edradour and Glenlivet fields to SSE E&P for £565m ($876m).