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Energy

As set out in the Marine Policy Statement, secure, sustainable and affordable supply of energy is of central importance to the economic and social wellbeing of the UK.

The marine environment will make an increasing contribution to the provision of the UK’s energy supply and distribution. This contribution includes the oil and gas sectors which supply a major part of our current energy needs, and a growing contribution from renewable energy and from other forms of low carbon energy supply in response to the challenges of tackling climate change and energy security.

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CCS1

Within defined areas of potential carbon dioxide storage proposals should demonstrate in order of preference:

  1. that they will not prevent carbon dioxide storage
  2. how, if there are adverse impacts on carbon dioxide storage, they will minimise them
  3. how, if the adverse impacts cannot be minimised, they will be mitigated
  4. the case for proceeding with the proposal if it is not possible to minimise or mitigate the adverse impacts

CCS2

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) proposals should demonstrate that consideration has been given to the re-use of existing oil and gas infrastructure rather than the installation of new infrastructure (either in depleted fields or in active fields via enhanced hydrocarbon recovery).

OG1

Proposals within areas with existing oil and gas production should not be authorised except where compatibility with oil and gas production and infrastructure can be satisfactorily demonstrated.

OG2

Proposals for new oil and gas activities should be supported over proposals for other development.

TIDE1

In defined areas of identified tidal stream resource, proposals should demonstrate, in order of preference:

  1. that they will not compromise potential future development of a tidal stream project
  2. how, if there are any adverse negative impacts on potential tidal stream deployment, they will minimise them
  3. how, if the adverse impacts cannot be minimised, they will be mitigated
  4. the case for proceeding with the proposal if it is not possible to minimise or mitigate the adverse impacts

WIND1

Developments requiring authorisation, that are in or could affect sites held under a lease or an agreement for lease that has been granted by The Crown Estate for development of an offshore wind farm (OWF), should not be authorised unless:

  1. they can clearly demonstrate that they will not compromise the construction, operation, maintenance, or decommissioning of the OWF
  2. the lease or agreement for lease has been surrendered back to The Crown Estate and not been re-tendered
  3. the lease or agreement for lease has been terminated by the Secretary of State
  4. in other exceptional circumstances

WIND2

Proposals for offshore wind farms (OWFs) inside Round 3 zones, including relevant supporting projects and infrastructure, should be supported.