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Shetland's Moorfield Hotel to close with loss of 45 jobs

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A Shetland hotel is to close with the loss of 45 jobs, it has been announced.

BDL Shetland, the owners of The Moorfield Hotel in Brae, said it was no longer viable to keep it open.

The decision came after Total said it would move workers to an accommodation camp at Sella Ness which is nearer the gas terminal.

In a statement, the owners said: "We are heartbroken to announce that The Moorfield Hotel will be closing its doors on 9 September."

The firm said it was "devastating" news for a "fantastic team".

Total said in a statement: "From August, workers at the Shetland Gas Plant who require accommodation when working on the island will stay at the Sella Ness facility rather than the Moorfield Hotel.

"A five-year contract for accommodation at Sella Ness has been agreed that will allow for a significant reduction in the cost of worker accommodation, whilst also providing the level of comfort our workforce expects."

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