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. This means that the emissions are near-zero during the drilling and production phase. In addition, ONE-Dyas uses an existing pipeline which is already in the North Sea, so only a short new pipeline as a side branch is needed to bring the natural gas to land. Platform N05-A has been designed to be suitable for the production of green hydrogen in the near future.
Final permits for gas production from field N05-A
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) has granted ONE-Dyas the final permits for the development of the gas field N05-A in the North Sea. An extensive environmental impact report (EIR) has been written for this development. The EIR studied and described the effects on the environment, nature and the surrounding area, the implementation variants and the choices made. This EIR was available for inspection in the spring of 2021. Based on the submitted views and advice from the regulatory advisers, a number of adjustments were made to further minimise the environmental impact at the site. On 18 February 2022, the Environmental Impact Assessment Commission concluded that the changes had sufficiently assessed the environmental effects and that the usefulness and necessity of the project had been adequately described. The Commission expressed its appreciation for the electrification of the platform, which will limit emissions to the air as much as possible.
With the final permit, the Dutch government gives the go-ahead for the production of natural gas from field N05-A and surrounding fields in the North Sea.
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.
27 September 2022
ONE-Dyas, together with partners EBN and Hansa Hydrocarbons, have made a final investment decision for the development of the N05-A gas field in the North Sea. The decision involves an investment of more than EUR 500 million. This makes it the largest investment in a natural gas development in the Netherlands in the past 15 years.
Find out more: Press release Investment Decision gas field N05-A
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.