ACQUISITION OF 25% INTEREST IN THE MAGNUS OIL FIELD COMPLETED EnQuest PLC (‘EnQuest’) today announces that it has completed the acquisition of an initial 25% interest in the Magnus oil field (‘Magnus’), a 3.0% interest in the Sullom Voe Oil terminal and supply facility (‘SVT’) and additional interests in associated infrastructure from BP as planned. … Read more

SOTEAG: SOTEAG meet with Falkland Islands Representatives

SOTEAG met with Dr Megan Tierney and Dr David Blockley, both Falkland Island representatives for the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute. Megan and David were interested to see how SOTEAG worked. SOTEAG staff took the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience with Megan and David, focusing on SOTEAG’s successful environmental monitoring programme. Photo (left … Read more

SOTEAG: Cunningsburgh Show Wednesday 9th August 2017

SOTEAG will be represented at Cunningsburgh Show this year! Come along to Cunningsburgh Show on Wednesday 9th August and visit SOTEAG’s stall. You will have the opportunity to try your hand at being a bird monitor. Do you know your seabirds? Come and play our interactive bird identification game. We will have a number of … Read more

Shetland News: Wildlife sanctuary marks 30th birthday by launching fundraiser to secure future

THE HILLSWICK Wildlife Sanctuary is marking 30 years of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing seals and otters back into the wild and launching a bid to secure its long-term future.

The sanctuary, run by Jan and Pete Bevington, has been offered an “amazing opportunity” after the local oil industry and Shetland Islands Council pledged up to £300,000 to refurbish, renovate and “future proof” the sanctuary for the next three decades.

But the investment depends on the sanctuary being able to prove that it can stand on its own two feet financially.

Built on “a foundation of love and sheer hard work”, the sanctuary has survived until now on a shoestring budget.

It is now looking for 500 people willing to pledge £5 a month, providing a regular income to cover day-to-day running costs.

The sanctuary is run by Pete and Jan Bevington having been established by Jan back in May 1987.

The sanctuary is run by Pete and Jan Bevington having been established by Jan back in May 1987.

If they are successful the refurbishment funds will be released – providing Shetland’s seals and otters with a safe haven for years to come.

“The facilities at Hillswick are desperate to be refurbished,” Jan and Pete said. “Over the last three years we have managed to persuade the oil industry and the council that we are worth investing in as part of Shetland’s oil spill response plan for wildlife.

“However before they can invest such a large sum of money, they need reassurance that the sanctuary can sustain itself into the future.

“This is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss, so we’re reaching out to our thousands of friends and followers in Shetland and around the world for help. If ever we needed your support, it’s now.”

Jan feeding seal pup Marley at the sanctuary a few years ago.

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SOTEAG: New Seabird Monitor 2017

SOTEAG welcomes its new seabird monitor, Will Miles. Will Miles will be shadowing SOTEAG’s current seabird monitor Martin Heubeck for 1 year. Following this crucial hand over Will Miles will become the sole seabird monitor and Martin will retire after 40 years of service. Will Miles: Will has a strong interest in seabird science and … Read more

BBC Radio Shetland: Beyond the Briggistanes – A SOTEAG Special!

A SOTEAG special. This year, 2017, marks the 40th anniversary of the Shetland Oil Terminal Environmental Advisory Group which has helped keep the islands’ clean and relatively uncontaminated despite being a major UK hub for the offshore oil and gas industry. This is a special programme to mark that anniversary. To listen to the ‘SOTEAG … Read more

Press and Journal: Transport Minister marks £7 million refurbishment of Shetland airport

The revamped Sumburgh Airport was officially opened yesterday by Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.

Work at the Shetland airport has been carried out over the last three years and has includes larger security screening areas and upgrades to the main departure lounge.

The first phase of investment by operator Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (Hial) involved major improvements to the hangars used by the energy sector and a new new lounge specifically for offshore workers.

The airport is used as a base for oil and gas industry as well as public flights to the Scottish mainland, Orkney and Norway.

The second – and recently completed – phase caters for scheduled passengers, with improved check-in, security and baggage reclaim facilities and refurbishments to the terminal concourse.

The international and oil related passenger arrivals and offshore transit lounge have also been refurbished.

Improvements have also been made to the airport fire station and air traffic control tower.

Hial chairman Mike Cantlay, said: “Sumburgh Airport is a vital part of the oil and gas industry’s logistics network and is well placed to benefit from continued activity both to the west and east of Shetland that will see a significant upturn in both rotary and fixed wing oil charter activity.”

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SOTEAG: New Oil Spill Sensitivity Maps 2016

The 2016 update for the Sullom Voe and Yell Sound oil spill sensitivity maps is complete. There have been a number of updates and improvements to the maps, and the maps themselves now cover Shetland and not just Sullom Voe and Yell Sound. It became apparent that the excellent coverage provided by the Sullom and Yell Sound … Read more

BBC News: Production restarts at BP Clair Platform after leak

Production has restarted from a BP platform off Shetland from which oil leaked earlier this month.

An estimated 95 tonnes of oil was released into the water from the Clair platform.

BP said: “Clair was taken offline following a technical issue with the system that separates water, oil and gas.

“Our investigation into this incident is ongoing however the technical issues we encountered have been resolved.”

The Clair platform is 75km (46 miles) west of Shetland. It was shut down after the leak.

MSPs were previously told it is “lucky” that more serious damage had not been done to the environment.

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BBC News: BP’s Clair oil platform shut down after leak

BP has shut down one of its oil platforms, about 75km to the west of Shetland, because of a leak.

Oil was released into the water from the Clair platform on Sunday morning.

The size of the leak is unclear, and efforts are under way to ascertain whether it has caused damage to the environment.

BP said it was caused by a “technical issue” and an investigation into what happened was under way.

No-one was injured. It was not clear how long the platform would remain shut down.

A BP spokesman said: “The Clair platform, which is located 75km (46 miles) west of Shetland, has been shut down and the release has been stopped. All personnel have been accounted for and there are no injuries.

“We are investigating the cause of the technical issue and monitoring the situation. All relevant authorities have been informed.”

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