ONE-Dyas, together with its partners Hansa Hydrocarbons and EBN, intends to extract natural gas from field N05-A and from surrounding fields in the German and Dutch North Sea. The proposed platform location is about 20 kilometres north of the islands of Borkum, Rottumerplaat and Schiermonnikoog. The N05-A platform will be located in the Netherlands, approximately one and a half kilometres from German waters. Platform N05-A will be the first Dutch offshore gas treatment platform in the North Sea to run entirely on wind energy. For this purpose, a cable will be installed to the nearby German wind farm Riffgat.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) intends to permit the development of the N05-A gas field in the North Sea. The draft decisions were published on 23 April 2021 and made available for public inspection until 3 June 2021.
Part of the permit application is an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The EIR describes the research into the effects on the environment, nature and the surroundings, the implementation variants and the choices made. Since 2018, ONE-Dyas has been proactively engaging with various stakeholders. Their questions, concerns and suggestions have been included in the study as much as possible. The views submitted in 2019 in response to the 'Notification of intention of environmental impact report gas production N05-A' have also been incorporated into this EIR
Domestic natural gas
The Netherlands is committed to a CO2-neutral energy supply by 2050. ONE-Dyas fully endorses this energy transition. In all scenarios, natural gas will continue to play a relevant role in the coming decades. Dutch natural gas has many advantages over importing natural gas from abroad. It means a 30% lower CO2 footprint, greater security of supply and economic benefits in the form of employment, income for the Dutch state and preservation of knowledge and infrastructure for energy transition.
On 23 April 2021, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Change made the draft consent decree, the draft permits and the environmental impact report (EIR) for gas production project N05-A available for public inspection. From Friday 23 April 2021 to Thursday 3 June 2021, anyone submit a view.
Permits and licences
The GEMS project goes through four phases, exploration, discovery, production and decomissioning. For the N05-A field, the exploration and discovery phase was completed in 2018. Permits are required before the production phase can start.
On 16 October 2021, ONE-Dyas submitted the permit applications for the N05-A project (including the EIA) to the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. On 23 April 2021, the Ministry of Economic Affairs made the draft decisions for this project available for public inspection.