Why is a major gas discovery ‘off the coast of Shetland’ but in Yorkshire?

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Tolmount Main, named after a Scottish mountain, has delighted its owners, Premium, who describe it as:

Located 64km off the coast of Shetland in Yorkshire, Tolmount Main is the biggest gas field in the Greater Tolmount Area in the Southern Gas Basin. A 47km-long and 20in diameter subsea pipeline will be laid to export the produced gas and condensate to Centrica’s Easington terminal located in East Yorkshire, for further processing.

Tolmount Main Gas Field, North Sea

Most readers will remember that on the day the Scottish Parliament came into being, in 1999, the New labour Government arranged for the transfer of 6 000 square miles of Scottish sea to England. I can’t see where Tolmount is exactly, but it presumably now lies in English Waters, off Shetland.

For more on the maritime robbery, see:

Scotland’s Stolen Seas: The Technical Explanation

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4 thoughts on “Why is a major gas discovery ‘off the coast of Shetland’ but in Yorkshire?

  1. Premium (Oil Co.) putting out an official release describing “..Shetland in Yorkshire..” – Good Grief. Utterly bizarre – Could it be a typo mistake? – Can Premium (Oil Co.) really be trying to troll the whole of Scotland? Why? – Makes no sense. Odd, odd, odd.

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  2. The 1999 annexation of Scottish waters resulted in the northern limit of “English” waters being roughly due east of Carnoustie in Angus, so the “Shetland in Yorkshire” story doesn’t relate to the 1999 oil grab. However could it be that the gas will be piped from waters off Shetland all the way under the North Sea to Easington in Yorkshire? But surely it would be easier to pipe it Shetland or St Fergus (near Peterhead), or is this just a ruse to have production from a well in Scottish waters counted as English production and therefore excluded from economic statistics for Scotland?

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    1. Useful thoughts. They also say:

      A 47km-long and 20in diameter subsea pipeline will be laid to export the produced gas and condensate to Centrica’s Easington terminal located in East Yorkshire, for further processing. The Tolmount offshore development will help extend the operational life of the Easington gas terminal at least until 2030.

      47km? Too short for Shetland to Yorkshire?

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