Terms of Reference and Members

SOTEAG monitors a variety of habitats around the Sullom Voe Terminal. This monitoring has been going on since 1974, one year before work on the terminal began. Baseline ecological monitoring was carried out and these results built the foundation of SOTEAG's monitoring programme. SOTEAG acts as advisors to the Sullom Voe Terminal and uses the monitoring data to track changes over time.  

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 since 2005. SOTEAG monitors the marine environment around Sullom Voe, and can alert the Sullom Voe Association Ltd. to any changes that the monitoring reveals.

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