The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate has granted ONE-Dyas permits for the development of a gas field whose platform will run entirely on electricity from the Riffgat offshore wind farm in the German part of the Sea of North.

Source: ONE-Dyas

The final permit gives the green light for natural gas production from the N05-A field and surrounding fields in the North Sea, for which the Dutch oil and gas exploration and production company says it is in line with government policy on small fields.

ONE-Dyas aims to deliver the first natural gas to Dutch and German households from field N05-A by the end of 2024.

The N05-A platform will be installed about 20 kilometers north of the islands of Borkum, Rottumerplaat and Schiermonnikoog, and about one and a half kilometers from German waters, from where it will receive the electricity produced by the first wind farm operated commercially in Germany. The North Sea.

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate announced its intention to grant ONE-Dyas licenses to bring the N05-A gas field into production in April last year.

On February 18, 2022, the Environmental Assessment Panel approved the project’s final environmental impact report and recognized the usefulness and necessity of the project. The Commission also expressed its appreciation for the electrification of the platform, which will help limit emissions, according to ONE-Dyas.

“The N05-A project 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 for decades to come. As long as natural gas is still needed to heat our homes, it’s our job to make sure it’s as clean, affordable and reliable as possible.said Chris de Ruyter van SteveninckCEO ONE-Dyas.

The 113.4 MW Riffgat offshore wind farm, built by EWE in 2013, comprises 30 3.6 MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbines installed about fifteen kilometers northwest of the German island of Borkum.

While the N05-A platform will not be the first in the North Sea to run on wind power, it will be the first to do so entirely, since the Hywind Tampen floating wind farm – soon to be built to power the Snorre and the Gullfaks offshore oil and gas platforms in Norway – will cover 35% of the annual electricity needs of the five platforms of the two fields.

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