Future-proof development of the N05-A gas field in the North Sea

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Change wants to award ONE-Dyas the licenses for taking the N05-A gas field in the North Sea into production. The N05-A platform on which the gas will be produced will be the first platform in the North Sea to run entirely on wind energy. The production of gas from the N05-A field fits in with the small gas fields policy of the Dutch government.

 

Draft decisions on gas production N05-A available for public inspection

On 23 April 2021, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Change made the draft permit decision, the draft permits and the environmental impact report for gas production project N05-A available for public inspection. From Friday 23 April 2021 to Thursday 3 June 2021, anyone can respond to the draft permission decision and the draft permits by submitting a view.

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Advice for scope and level of detail N05-A and Memorandum of reply published

On 30 July 2020, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate published the Advice for scope and level of detail N05-A.

Partly on the basis of this advice, the environmental impact report (EIA) will be drawn up. The Memorandum of Reply has also been published. In this document the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate gives his response to the views submitted. The documents have been drawn up in Dutch and German.

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NCEA advises on the scope and level of detail for EIA

On 9 October 2019, the The Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) issued the advice on the scope and level of detail for the environmental assessment (EIA) for gas production in block N05-A.

The NCEA recommends among others that in the EIA alternatives and measures that minimise the impact on marine mammals and migratory birds should be investigated, such as a alternative that restricts activities during important feeding and migratory periods.

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Views on EIA published

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate has compiled and published all the views received on the ‘Gas Production N05-A’ Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

What happens next?

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate will soon be sending an advisory report on the scope and level of detail to ONE-Dyas. This advice takes into account the views and legal advice of the EIA Committee and others. Partly on the basis of this advice, the environmental impact report (EIR) will be drawn up by Royal HaskoningDHV.

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