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North Sea platform to be powered by nearby wind farm

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 06/06/2022 ONE-Dyas
The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate has issued a definitive permit for the development of the N05-A gas field in the North Sea. It paves the way for the installation of the platform, which will run entirely on wind energy from the nearby Riffgat offshore wind farm.

With the final permit, the Dutch government gives ONE-Dyas the go-ahead for the production of natural gas from the N05-A field and surrounding fields in the North Sea. The N05-A platform location is in the North Sea, about 20 kilometres north of the islands of Borkum, Rottumerplaat and Schiermonnikoog.

Chris de Ruyter van Steveninck, CEO ONE-Dyas, said: "Project N05-A and the energy transition go hand in hand. The transition to 100% renewable energy takes time. Natural gas will still be part of the energy mix in the coming decades. As long as natural gas is still needed to heat our homes, it is our job to make sure it is as clean, affordable and reliable as possible. "

On 18 February 2022, the Commission for Environmental Assessment (Commissie m.e.r.) concluded that the environmental effects have been sufficiently assessed and that the usefulness and necessity of the project are sufficiently described. The committee expressed its appreciation for the electrification of the platform, which will limit emissions into the air as much as possible.

ONE-Dyas aims to deliver the first natural gas to Dutch and German households by the end of 2024. The N05-A project is part of the so-called GEMS area, an area approximately 20 to 100 kilometres north of the Ems estuary.

ONE-Dyas is currently actively exploring the potential of other gas fields in this part of the North Sea. Future developments will again go through a permitting procedure.

The final permit decisions for gas production N05-A will be available for inspection for six weeks from 3 June 2022.


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