The British government has approved a major new oil and gas drilling project in the North Sea, despite warnings from scientists and environmental activists that the move will undermine the country’s climate goals.
The project, known as the Rosebank Field Development Plan, is expected to produce an estimated 350 million barrels of oil over its lifetime. It is being operated by a consortium of companies led by Norway’s Equinor and the UK’s Ithaca Energy.
The government says the project will create jobs and boost the UK’s energy security. However, activists say it is a step backwards in the fight against climate change.
“This is a betrayal of the UK’s commitment to net zero,” said Caroline Lucas, a Green Party MP. “The government is putting short-term profits ahead of the long-term health of the planet.”
The approval of the Rosebank project comes at a time when the UK is facing an energy crisis, with soaring energy prices putting pressure on households and businesses.
The government has said it will continue to invest in renewable energy, but it also needs to ensure that the country has a reliable and secure supply of energy in the short term.
The Rosebank project is expected to start producing oil in 2026-27.
The approval of the Rosebank project is a positive development for the oil and gas industry in the UK. It shows that the government is committed to supporting the industry, even as it transitions to a low-carbon economy.
The project is also a boost for the UK economy as a whole. It is expected to create thousands of jobs and generate billions of pounds in investment.
However, the project is also likely to face opposition from environmental activists. They are likely to argue that the project will undermine the UK’s climate goals and contribute to global warming.