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UK Could Block New Oil Projects if Operators Fail to Cut Emissions

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By Tsvetana Paraskova – Mar 27, 2024, 6:00 AM CDT

North Sea oil and gas operators need to make all sensible efforts to cut emissions to make sure ongoing energy production with the most affordable possible emissions, or threat not being provided authorization for field advancements, the UK’s North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) stated in a brand-new strategy on Wednesday.

The regulator, which licenses field advancement tasks, released today a brand-new emissions decrease strategy, which “highlighted the requirement for action throughout the board on production decarbonisation– consisting of action on flaring and venting and the electrification of oil and gas setups – to make sure the future of the market and struck net no targets,” it stated.

In spite of the truth that the market has actually cut production emissions by practically a quarter because 2018 and flaring alone almost cut in half from 2018 to 2022, these emissions still represent around 3% of overall UK greenhouse gas emissions, NSTA stated. Thinking about that power generation was accountable for 79% of production emissions in 2022, electrification or tidy power generation can play a substantial function in lowering the volume of emissions, the authority kept in mind.

Electrification of producing possessions alone could, under the best-case situation, conserve 1-2 million lots of emissions in 2030, equivalent to taking one million vehicles off the roadway for a year, and an overall of approximately 22 million loads by 2050, according to NSTA.

The brand-new strategy states that electrification and low-carbon electrical energy for powering platforms are the pillars of the emissions decrease strategy.

If the authority has actually considered that electrification would be sensible and possible, however it has actually not been done, “there must be no expectation that the NSTA will authorize Field Development Plans and comparable choices that admit to future hydrocarbon resources on that possession.”

According to Stuart Payne, NSTA Chief Executive,

“The Plan strikes the ideal balance in supporting market in its work producing the oil and gas which we require and will continue to require in the coming years, while at the exact same time playing its function in lowering greenhouse gas emissions.”

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

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Tsvetana Paraskova

Tsvetana is an author for Oilprice.com with over a years of experience composing for news outlets such as iNVEZZ and SeeNews.

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