An Industry First: Dutch Gas Platform to Run Entirely on Offshore Wind Power

Dutch oil & gas exploration and production operating company ONE-Dyas plans to power a platform at a North Sea gas extraction field solely by the electricity from the Riffgat offshore wind farm in the German part of the North Sea.

ONE-Dyas, together with partners Hansa Hydrocarbons and EBN, aims to extract natural gas from the N05-A field as well as surrounding fields in the German and Dutch North Sea.

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate has now announced plans to grant ONE-Dyas licences for bringing the N05-A gas field into production.

Aligned with the Dutch government’s small fields policy, the N05-A platform will be the first in the North Sea to run entirely on wind energy, ONE-Dyas said.

The N05-A platform will be located in Dutch waters some 20 kilometres north of Borkum, Rottumerplaat and Schiermonnikoog and lie approximately one and a half kilometres from German waters.

NO5-A gas field and the connection to the Riffgat offshore wind farm. Source: ONE-Dyas

”This landmark move to wind energy will reduce emissions from the production platform to zero,” Chris de Ruyter van Steveninck, CEO ONE-Dyas, said.

”In terms of the overall project, we are talking about a reduction of 85 percent. It represents a serious contribution to the energy transition and shows our commitment to integrating sustainable energy sources as far as possible.”

Riffgat offshore wind farm
Riffgat offshore wind farm. Source: EWE

The draft approval decision, the draft environmental licence, the design licence for the installation of the pipeline and electricity cable, plus all respective applications are now available for inspection.

A six-week consultation period will then provide the opportunity to submit views or ask questions to ONE-Dyas and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

The licence applications include an environmental impact report (EIA). ONE-Dyas has pursued a proactive dialogue with various stakeholders since 2018 and the report incorporates their questions, concerns, and suggestions.

Drawn up by the engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV, the study also takes into account the views submitted in 2019 in response to the “Communication of intentions for the environmental impact report for gas extraction N05-A”, ONE-Dyas said.

The Riffgat offshore wind farm, built by EWE in 2013, is the first commercially operated wind farm in the German North Sea.

The 113.4 MW wind farm comprises 30 SWT-3.6-120 Siemens wind turbines installed some 15 kilometers to the north-west of the German island of Borkum.