PUBLIC CONSULTATION NOTICE
PUBLIC CONSULTATION NOTICE
Oil / Gas Field Development / Gas Storage Project / Carbon Storage Project / Drilling project
THE OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION, PRODUCTION, UNLOADING AND STORAGE (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) REGULATIONS 2020
Southwark Pipeline Installation Project
IOG UK Ltd has made an application for consent to the Oil and Gas Authority (“the OGA”) in relation to the above project.
Summary of Project
Installation of an offshore subsea 5.67km 24” pipeline between the Thames pipeline, and the Southwark platform, located in Block numbers 49/21c and 49/26 approximately 52km from the Norfolk coast between December 2021 and March 2022.
Environmental Impact Assessment and Consent Process
In accordance with the above-mentioned Regulations, the project is subject to an environmental impact assessment procedure.
The OGA is responsible for deciding whether or not to grant consent for the project, but agreement to the grant of consent must be obtained from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (“the Secretary of State”) prior to consent being granted. The Secretary of State’s decision on whether to agree to the grant of consent is based on the environmental impact assessment for the project.
The range of possible decisions in response to the application of consent is:
(a) the Secretary of State agrees to the OGA’s grant of consent following the Secretary of State’s conclusion regarding the environmental effects of the project, and the OGA grants consent, so the project may proceed;
(b) the Secretary of State refuses to agree to the OGA’s grant of consent following the Secretary of State’s conclusion regarding the environmental effects of the project, so the project may not proceed; or
(c) the Secretary of State agrees to the OGA’s grant of consent following the Secretary of State’s conclusion regarding the environmental effects of the project, but the OGA does not grant consent, so the project may not proceed.
Where the Secretary of State agrees to the grant of consent, conditions that IOG UK Ltd must comply with may be attached to the agreement, including environmental conditions to avoid, prevent, reduce or offset any significant adverse effects on the environment, and measure to monitor such conditions.
Notice of the decisions of the Secretary of State and OGA decisions for the project will be published at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-2020-eia-regulations#environmental-impact-assessments-eia where information on the Secretary of State’s decision to agree to or refuse to agree to the grant of consent will also be made available.
Access to Further Information
Copies of this notice, the summary of the project and the Environmental Statement can be viewed and downloaded at https://www.iog.co.uk/assets/core-project-phase-1/southwark/ and at https://www.gov. uk/guidance/the-2020-eia-regulations#environmental-impact- assessments-eia. Access shall remain at least three months after the date on which the Secretary of State publishes the notice under Regulation 16(1) (publication of consent decisions).
A copy of the Environmental Statement and summary of the project may also be obtained by post or email. Requests should be made to IOG plc, Endeavour House, 189 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, by email to email@example.com or by telephone +44 (0) 20 7036 1400 by 31/05/2021.
Representations, comments or questions relating to the project may be made to the Secretary of State by 31/05/2021. All representations should quote reference number D/4257/2020 and may be made by letter or by email to:
Business Support Team
Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment & Decommissioning
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
A person aggrieved by the grant of consent for a project may use the procedure to apply for judicial review regarding the decisions made in respect of this project. A court may allow proceedings to challenge a decision made in respect of the Regulations.