Frequently asked questions

During ONE-Dyas’ discussions with stakeholders, a large number of questions were asked and answered. We have listed them here. Is your question not included? Please feel free to send us an e-mail. You will get an answer as soon as possible.

Usefulness and necessity of gas

Platform N05-A will be the first offshore gas production platform in the North Sea to run entirely on wind energy. For this purpose, a cable will be laid to the nearby German wind farm Riffgat. The electrification of platform N05-A with the help of wind energy means a considerable reduction in emissions. Emissions from the production platform will be zero and for the entire project a reduction of 85 percent. With this innovation, ONE-Dyas wants to make a serious contribution to the energy transition.

Obstruction of view

ONE-Dyas wants to reduce the visibility of the offshore infrastructure as much as possible by choosing the lowest possible platform. The intended location offers the best opportunities for drilling multiple gas fields from a single production platform. At the same time, the northern location ensures minimum visibility from the West and East Frisian Islands.

Impact on nature and the environment

ONE-Dyas wants to limit the occurrence and duration of flaring as much as possible. ONE-Dyas, therefore, wants to use the treatment process as much as possible to test newly drilled gas fields after drilling. If flaring is necessary, a birdwatcher is called in to advise on the appropriate time for flaring. Flaring is, as much as possible, done during the day. This protocol is applied by ONE-Dyas by default and so far there have been no incidents with birds.

Soil subsidence

The intended seismic risk from gas production is negligible for gas fields N05-A and N05-A-North, which thus fall in the lowest seismic risk category (SRA Cat. I). TNO and SSM endorse this assessment. The Tanzanite-Oost gas field has a probability of trembling of 19%, but on the basis of a more detailed analysis data is also classified in the lowest seismic risk category. Because of the low negligible seismic risk and the large distance to the Wadden (islands) and the mainland, no detrimental effects and damage as a result of soil vibration are expected from this gas production.

Collisions

The project area is located in a moderately trafficked part of the North Sea and is also used for shipping and fishing. A few kilometres north of the intended location of the platform is the Terschelling-German Bight shipping route. No shipping or other use is allowed in a zone of 500 metres around the platforms. This causes local restrictions for fishery, shipping and recreation (sailing). Within this safety zone, dragging fishing nets over the seabed and in the water column is not allowed either. The choice of location for the platform takes shipping and other uses into account. The platform will be equipped with the required navigation lights and collision prevention systems.

Permitting process

The final permits made available for inspection by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK )on 3 June 2022 are for the development of N05-A and surrounding prospects.  This involves N05-A, N05-A-Noord, N05-A-Südost, Diamant and Tanzaniet-Oost. The expected potential of these fields is approximately 13 billion cubic metres of gas (13 bcm).