National Grid welcomed Scottish Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism to its gas terminal at St Fergus on Friday as part of its celebration of 200 years of gas.
Jeff Smith, National Grid’s terminal manager, explained the 35-year history of the gas terminal at St Fergus before giving the Minister a tour of the site.
Mr Ewing was able to see the control room where the flow of gas from Apache, Shell and Total’s terminals are monitored and controlled into the national transmission system (NTS), the motorway pipeline system, which transports natural gas around the country.
Then he went out onto the site to see the network of pipes, compressors and valves which pump gas into the NTS.
Mr Smith said: “St Fergus gas terminal has played a significant role in the 200-year history of gas, transporting gas from the North Sea to the whole of the UK.
“The terminal at its peak provided more than a third of the UK’s natural gas and continues to play an important role in providing safe and secure energy to homes around the country now and into the future.”
Mr Ewing said: “This has been a truly fascinating visit to St Fergus, a key piece of energy infrastructure in Scotland.
“The immense size and scale of the terminal is something to behold, especially as it is estimated that the site receives around 20% of the UK total gas.
“Gas will remain an important part of Scotland’s energy mix while we continue our journey to deliver the equivalent of at least 100% of gross electricity consumption from renewables by 2020.”
Mr Smith continued: “I am pleased that Mr Ewing was able to come to the terminal today.”