When will activities begin in the North Sea?

The preliminary injunction court suspended part of the N05-A permits in April 2023 due to the general nitrogen problem in the Netherlands, which for various reasons challenges almost all large-scale construction projects in the Netherlands. The suspension applies only to temporary construction work in the North Sea.

The procurement and construction of the N05-A facilities (such as the platform) are not hindered by the court ruling and has continued as planned. Following a positive ruling in the court case on the merits, filed by opponents of this North Sea project, construction works on the North Sea will start to ensure natural gas availability by the end of 2024. The court ruling is expected from mid-April 2024.

When will construction work begin?

After obtaining the N05-A development permit from the Dutch government on 1 June 2022, ONE-Dyas, together with partners EBN and Hansa Hydrocarbons, made the final investment decision in September 2022. A decision involving an amount of over EUR 500 million.

Shortly afterwards, concrete preparations began, such as contracting companies for the construction of the pipeline to the NGT pipeline and of the cable for the electrification of the platform, for the drilling of the well and, of course, for the construction and installation of the platform.

In December 2022, construction work on the platform started at the Schiedam yard, with the aim of completing the platform for installation in the North Sea by summer 2024.

What does Borkum gain from this development?

The gas will become available to Dutch and German households, and therefore also to Borkum. Borkum is at the centre of the energy transition, with a wind farm just off the coast and a gas extraction project 20 km away. It is conceivable that knowledge of the subsurface and energy transition could be used for energy issues on the island. We are happy to discuss this.

What happens if there is no German permit?

In June 2022, the Dutch government issued a final licence for this gas development project. Based on this, ONE-Dyas took a final investment decision in September 2022 and started concrete preparations. The schedule is to have the first gas available to German and Dutch households by August 2024. With the German licence, gas can also be extracted from German wells and the potential of natural gas is greater.

Are the studies done independent, since they were paid for by ONE-Dyas?

The studies were conducted by independent researchers from well-known, renowned and internationally reputable institutes. In accordance with the law, it is not the taxpayer but the applicant for the licence who bears the cost of these studies. The government and various advisory bodies subsequently review these studies.

What is ONE-Dyas doing to tackle visual pollution, which could affect tourism?

There are gas extraction platforms and wind farms at various locations in the North Sea, sometimes just a few kilometres from the coast. Platform N05-A will be located 20 kilometres from the coast. Research shows that its visibility is comparable to that of passing ships. In clear weather, the platform is visible about 30% of the time. The platform is wider and therefore lower than other gas extraction platforms. Its height from the seabed is 37.5 metres and comparable to the transformer station in the Riffgat wind farm, which can be seen off the coast of Borkum.

What is the risk of tsunamis?

This has been examined in the subsidence report prepared by a reputable research institute. The probability is nil. In the unrealistic case of the tremors, there will be no impact on the nearest islands.