ONE-Dyas BV made a final investment decision to develop N05-A gas field in the North Sea.
The field is part of “Gateway to the Ems” (GEMS), about 20-100 km north of the mouth of the Ems River in northwestern Germany. The proposed N05-A platform will be in the Netherlands, about 1.5 km from German waters and 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 Riffgat German wind farm.
With development, the project will contribute to natural gas to the Netherlands and Germany with emissions close to zero, said Chris de Ruyter van Steveninck, chief executive officer of ONE-Dyas. Further, he said, the company has “agreed to produce natural gas from the GEMS area only as long as there is domestic demand for natural gas in the Netherlands and Germany.”
As the project now enters preparations and investments (over 500 million euro), natural gas from the field is expected to be available to Dutch and German households ahead of winter 2024, he said.
The expected volume to be produced from N05-A field and surrounding prospects is 4.5-13 billion normal cu m. Potential of the wider Dutch-German GEMS field has been estimated at 50 billion normal cu m, depending on exploration success.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) awarded final permits for field development June 3, 2022. The Environmental Impact Assessment Committee concluded Feb. 18, 2022, that the environmental impacts have been sufficiently outlined, and that the utility and necessity of the N05-A project have been satisfied.
ONE-Dyas is operator at GEMS. Partners are Energie Beheer Nederland (EBN) and Hansa Hydrocarbons Ltd.