BREAKING NEWS: Shell’s North Sea Jackdaw gas field gets the go-ahead

BREAKING: Shell's North Sea Jackdaw gas field gets the go-ahead

Shell's North Sea Jackdaw gas field gets the go-ahead

Shell’s North Sea Jackdaw gas field has been given the go-ahead after it received final regulatory approval.

The approval was announced today by Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, who said: “Jackdaw gas field – originally licensed in 1970 – has today received final regulatory approval.

“We’re turbocharging renewables and nuclear, but we are also realistic about our energy needs now. Let’s source more of the gas we need from British waters to protect energy security.”

An environmental study was submitted back in January 2020 for the development of the gas and condensate field according to NS Energy. The ultra-high pressure, high temperature (UHPHT) reservoir will be connected to the existing Shearwater platform.

The Jackdaw platform won’t be permanently manned but will be attended to by staff on the Shearwater.

Located nearly 275km east of Aberdeen in the central North Sea,  the well will be situated in waters that are more than 75m deep. The well was first identified in 2005 and is more than five thousand metres below the seabed.

The Jackdaw gas field with its capacity of 215 million cubic feet (six million cubic metres) a day will go a long way toward reducing the country’s reliance on imported gas. Once fully operational the gas field is expected to reduce imports of gas from Russia by around 25 per cent.

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