Northern Isles MP, Alistair Carmichael, has written to the Chief Executive of the Oil and Gas Authority calling for an early meeting between industry and community interests to discuss the recent loss of business at Sullom Voe and the future prospects of the terminal.
Commenting, Mr Carmichael said:
“The loss of Schiehallion’s business is bad news for the local industry and the wider community. I fear that with low oil prices and North Sea companies cutting down on operating costs, we could see more bad news like today. It is vital, therefore, that we address these problems immediately so we are prepared for any more shocks in the industry.
“I want to see the Oil and Gas Authority getting round the table with all interested parties from the industry and local community as soon as possible to discuss ways that we can handle these change in circumstances. Whatever the situation today the oil industry still needs a viable terminal at Sullom Voe and Shetland needs that too. We therefore have a common interest to pursue. The Oil and Gas Authority is the body that has strategic responsibility for this and they need to act with some urgency. All in Shetland want to see a stable terminal on the isles.”