Licence P 710 - Licence Having Effect Under The Petroleum Act 1998

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9th May 2001

Pursuant to Regulation 5(8) of the above Regulations, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry gives notice that, being content that the requirements of the above Regulations have been satisfied, he has pursuant to Licence P.710, granted a consent to BHP Petroleum Limited to the getting of petroleum and the construction of installations in relation to the development of the Hamilton East gas field. The consent for the Hamilton East field took effect from 9 May 2001 and shall last until 31 December 2001.

BHP Petroleum and its partners propose to develop the Hamilton East gas field in Blocks 110/13a and 110/14b, located in Liverpool Bay. The development will comprise a single well with the gas exported by pipeline to the Hamilton North platform, from there to the Douglas Platform and on to the Point of Ayr gas terminal on the North Wales coast. The gas will form part of the supply to the combined cycle gas turbine Power Station at Connah's Quay.

As this is a single dry gas well, the potential for significant environmental impacts are limited to drilling the well and the installation of the subsea equipment. These were identified as the risk of oil spills from fuel transfers, the discharge of mud and cuttings from water based muds, potential interactions with fishing operations and other marine traffic and cumulative impacts. The ES and supporting documentation supports the commitment by BHP to develop the gas field in an environmentally responsible manner. The impacts from the identified hazards will be minor and for short time only, covering the drilling and installations operations. The additional gas produced will largely replace depletion from other BHP fields in the area leading to little net increase in emissions. The subsea equipment, which will have safety zone, will comprise an additional marine hazard but, as this is an area with extensive marine traffic, the addition is considered minor.

There are no trans-boundary effects anticipated and the operations will not affect any future SAC's which maybe identified in the location of the operations.

The Secretary of State is of the view, having regard to the environmental statement prepared in respect of the project and the comments received from those consulted, that the project is not likely to have a significant effect on the environment.


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