On behalf of the Danish government, the Danish Energy Agency (Energistyrelsen) has given Ineos the green light to start and expand its oil and natural gas extraction activities in the Hejre field, located in the Danish economic zone of the North Sea. Environmental protection organisations are angry.

The Energistyrelsen’s estimate is that the Hejre field holds 67 million barrels of oil and 3.5 billion cubic metres of gas. Ineos expects to start production in 2027, and its licence will run until 2045. This equals about 7% of the total expected production of the Danish North Sea oil and gas fields in the same period, the national Energy Agency states.

35 million tonnes of CO2

According to the Ineos’ environmental impact report the planned oil and gas equal 35 million tonnes of CO2 when burned/used as fuel. (Read Vurdering af påvirkninger på miljøet – Hejre tie-back til Syd Arne at Ens.dk). This and that Denmark allows expansion of oil and gas extraction has made environmental protection organisation such as Greenpeace lash out at the Danish government.

About the Hejre field

The Hejre field is located about 300 kilometres (186 miles) off the west coast of Denmark. The oil is located at more than 5,000 metres below the seabed, making it the deepest oil field of Denmark. Ineos is a British company, mainly known for being the fourth-largest chemicals corporation in the world. It acquired the Danish extraction through the acquisition of Danish Dong Energy in 2017. | © 2024 Marcel Burger, nordicreporter.com. Featured map: press release by Energistyrelsen