Suspicious package found near Sullom Voe Terminal ‘false alarm’

Sullom Voe Terminal
Sullom Voe Terminal

Police have confirmed that the discovery of a suspicious package near the Sullom Voe oil and gas terminal was a “false alarm”.

The situation resulted in an evacuation of the surrounding area.

The Shetland terminal is operated by the London-headquartered firm EnQuest.

Police said they were made aware of the package shortly after 10:3oam and that emergency services are “in attendance”.

The package was found at the Sella Ness area, near the terminal.

Harbour offices close to where the package was discovered were evacuated.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said:”Police Scotland was made aware of a potentially suspicious package found in the Sella Ness area in Shetland shortly after 10.30am on Thursday, April 18.

“Following enquiries and examination of the package, it was found to be genuine and pose no risk to the public.

“The immediate area was evacuated as a precaution while emergency services attended the incident.

“Everyone affected is thanked for their understanding and patience.”

EnQuest took over the operatorship of Sullom Voe, and a 25% stake in the Magnus oilfield, in 2017 in a deal worth nearly £70 million.

Sullom Voe Terminal’s oil processing capacity is 410,000 barrels per day (bpd), but its current throughput rate is around 100,000 bpd on average.

Enquest confirmed the discovered package was a false alarms but said the firm was unable to comment further as the situation was an “ongoing police matter”.