Closed – Consultation: Offshore Oil and Gas Licensing – 30th Seaward Licensing Round Draft Appropriate Assessments

Closes 5 p.m. 29th March 2018

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has opened a 6 week consultation on draft Appropriate Assessments for oil and gas licensing Blocks applied for in the 30th Seaward Licensing Round.

In July 2017 the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) announced the 30th Seaward Licensing Round. As a result of this the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is undertaking a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) and as a first stage of the HRA an initial screening assessment took place in 2017 to determine whether the award of any of the Blocks offered would be likely to have a significant effect on a relevant site (SACs, SPAs or potential SACs and SPAs), either individually or in combination with other plans or projects.

From the screening, 304 whole or part Blocks of the 821 available were identified as requiring further assessment prior to the OGA deciding whether or not to grant licences. Because not all the Blocks were applied for 61 of the 304 Blocks now require an Appropriate Assessment. Because the Blocks are widely distributed around the UK seas the draft Appropriate Assessments are contained in four regional reports:

  • Southern North Sea
  • Central North Sea
  • West of Shetland
  • Irish Sea

In the Irish Sea the Blocks where further assessment is needed have been identified as those likely to impact on:

  • Morecambe Bay and Duddon Estuary SPA
  • Ribble and Alt Estuaries SPA
  • Liverpool Bay SPA
  • Morecambe Bay SAC
  • Shell Flat and Lune Deep SAC

For more information, and to view the draft Appriopriate Assessments, follow this link.

 

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