SOTEAG examines and advises on all environmental implications surrounding the Sullom Voe terminal during construction, commissioning and operations (including ad hoc reconstruction, site rehabilitation and new developments), through to eventual decommissioning.
The reviewed area encompasses the zone that the Shetland Islands Council (SIC) is responsible for, including:
- Tankers trading to Sullom Voe
- Ship-to-ship transfer
- West of Shetland activities
Under the European Habitats Directive, Sullom Voe is deemed a Special Area of Conservation and so SOTEAG advises on all environmental implications of terminal operations and new developments. SOTEAG is responsible for Sullom Voe’s environmental status and so it oversees and advises any third party developments that may impose on the environmental conditions.