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Sullom Voe Terminal. Photo: Shetland News

SULLOM Voe Terminal operator EnQuest says “geological formations” in the North Sea area could in the future have the potential to store in excess of one billion tonnes of CO2.

It is in addition to plans by EnQuest to store CO2 in the Magnus and Thistle fields east of Shetland, potentially storing up to 10 million tonnes of CO2 per annum.

In an update given to shareholders as part of the company’s half year results, EnQuest said that it plans to have carbon dioxide (CO2) shipped to SVT in liquid form, received at the existing jetties at the terminal before being transported via the existing East of Shetland pipeline for injection and permanent storage offshore.

Earlier this year, the company secure four carbon storage licences including at its Magnus and Thistle fields.

For comparison, Scotland’s carbon footprint in 2019 was 75.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e).


LOCAL youth-led peer education organisation OPEN has become an independent charity.

To celebrate this, an EGM/launch event will be held at Lerwick Town Hall on Friday 15 September from 5pm to 7pm.

Anyone aged between 14-29 who is interested in becoming either a member or a trustee of OPEN and would like to attend the event, is asked to get in touch with jessica.carlyle2@shetland.org

OPEN says it “envisions a community where young people take a lead and feel valued, it is our mission to make Shetland a better place for young people to thrive”.

More information on OPEN can be found online.


ANDERSON Strathern has recruited a new partner to lead the firm’s Shetland expansion.

Sheila Tulloch.

Sheila Tulloch, who grew up on the Orkney island of Westray, joins the law firm on 18 September. She will retain her Orkney base but will make regular trips to Shetland.

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With extensive experience across the public and commercial sectors, Tulloch will focus on growing market share across the islands and the North of Scotland.

Anderson Strathern Chair Fraser Geddes said: “Sheila Tulloch is an outstanding hire, with an excellent reputation as well as an innate understanding of the islands’ business communities.

“Our Shetland office is a key part of our plan to offer a wider range of legal services across the Highlands and Islands and Sheila’s expertise is integral to our ambitions.”


THE ORGANISERS of July’s Tall Ships Races event have this week said goodbye to a friendly face from the event office – as mascot Keith the bear makes his way to a new home.

Asheligh Arthur and her partner John collecting the teddy bear earlier this week.

The large teddy bear was won in the raffle at the RNLI Lerwick fundraising Ball event in April this year and has been a favourite fixture of the Tall Ships office ever since.

Project manager Emma Miller said: “When I won the RNLI bear I thought he had a great maritime connection so he came to live with us in the office during the event planning and was able to take trips on the Swan and NorthLink ferry to keep those crews company.”

The bear was auctioned off over last weekend to raise funds for the Lerwick Lifeboat station.

Representatives from the local Lifeboat Station were delighted to receive a donation of £250 from Asheligh Arthur as the winner of the online auction.


THE UNST Tunnel Action Group says it is “very grateful” for a £10,000 donation from the Sandison Trust.

The Unst and Yell action groups are currently fundraising for initial surveys on possible tunnels to the two North Isles.

The Sandison Trust is a charitable organisation that owns a number of companies in Unst and elsewhere in Shetland, and has been set up to support past and present employees as well as disburse funds to person or purposes with a “substantial connection” to Unst.


COMMUNITY groups, organisations and services across Shetland are being encouraged to upload their contact information to a new community directory before its launch in the coming months.

The online site has been created by Shetland Islands Council, in partnership with NHS Shetland and Voluntary Action Shetland, as a resource for both Shetland residents and visitors to the isles.

The directory will offer a database of activities and services across Shetland, with localised and searchable information for specific areas of Shetland, unlike national directories.

All known groups have been contacted, via email, with instructions on how to upload their contact information.

For any group who has not received an email, phone 01595 744588 or email shetlandcommunitydirectory@shetland.gov.uk


BLOCK bookings on Shetland’s inter-island ferries up to Thursday 21 December are now available.

People can book by contacting the booking office on 01595 745804. 

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