By Paul Homewood
At last a glimmer of common sense!
Development of a major North Sea gas field has been approved by regulators.
The Jackdaw field, east of Aberdeen, has the potential to produce 6.5% of Britain’s gas output.
The regulatory approval comes as the UK government seeks to boost domestic energy output following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Shell’s proposals were initially rejected on environmental grounds in October.
UK Business Minister Kwasi Kwarteng welcomed the decision.
"We’re turbocharging renewables and nuclear, but we are also realistic about our energy needs now," he said on Twitter.
"Let’s source more of the gas we need from British waters to protect energy security."
Under the new plan, Shell plans to start production from the field in the second half of 2025.
The oil and gas company said the approval came "at a time when UK energy security is critically required."
Shell said it expected to spend £500m in the UK to develop the new facility.
It said the Jackdaw field should be able to provide gas to 1.4m British homes, and its carbon emissions should eventually be captured for storage, if a large project in Peterhead secures funding.
But environmental campaigners have condemned the move.
The activist group Greenpeace said it believed the approval could be unlawful and it was considering legal action.
"Approving Jackdaw is a desperate and destructive decision from Johnson’s government, and proves there is no long-term plan," said Ami McCarthy, a political campaigner for Greenpeace.
Needless to say the Luddites from Greenpeace are up in arms.
Strangely silent though has been the Labour Party. It was only last August that Starmer categorically stated he would not support the proposed Cambo oilfield development 77 miles north-west of Shetland.
And in December, the idiot Ed Miliband commented about Shell’s withdrawal from Cambo:
“It makes no environmental sense and now Shell are accepting it doesn’t make economic sense,” he said.
“Ploughing on with business as usual on fossil fuels will kill off our chances of keeping 1.5 degrees alive and carries huge risks for investors as it is simply an unsustainable choice.
“Shell have woken up to the fact that Cambo is the wrong choice. It’s long past time for the Government to do so.”
Careful you don’t fall off that fence, Sir Beer!
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June 11, 2022 at 04:16AM