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Shell to invest in Jackdaw gas field in the UK North Sea

26 July 2022

Shell has taken the final investment decision (FID) to develop the Jackdaw gas field in the UK North Sea, following regulatory approval earlier this year. Jackdaw will comprise a wellhead platform that is not permanently attended, along with subsea infrastructure which will tie back to Shell’s existing Shearwater gas hub.

Shell's North Sea Shearwater Platform - Image: Shell/Stuart Conway
Shell's North Sea Shearwater Platform - Image: Shell/Stuart Conway

The FID was taken by BG International Limited, an affiliate of Shell. The project is expected to come online in the mid-2020s, and at peak production rates, could represent over 6% of projected UK North Sea gas production in the middle of this decade, with operational emissions of less than 1% of the whole UK basin, Shell said.

“We are committed to providing our customers with secure and stable supplies of energy, and to do so responsibly, efficiently and economically,” said Shell Upstream Director, Zoe Yujnovich. “Investments like Jackdaw are consistent with the UK’s North Sea Transition Deal and Shell’s Powering Progress strategy, providing the energy people need today while serving as the foundation for investments in the low carbon energy system of the future.”

Jackdaw is part of Shell’s intent to invest between £20-25 billion in the UK energy system in the next decade, subject to Board approval and stable fiscal policy, with the aim of investing 75% in the development of low and zero-carbon products and services. Shell said that hundreds of millions of pounds are expected to be spent in the UK supply chain during Jackdaw’s construction, which is a significant boost to companies, jobs and the prosperity of communities.

Gas from the Jackdaw field will come ashore at St Fergus, where Shell is involved in the development of the Acorn Carbon Capture and Storage project, which could sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial clusters in Scotland, the UK and northern Europe. The Acorn project could also reform natural gas into low-carbon hydrogen, by capturing and storing the CO2.

Following Shell’s announcement, environmental charity Greenpeace filed a legal challenge in a Scottish court, claiming that the UK government had failed to consider the full impacts on the climate when deciding to grant consent to develop the gas field. Greenpeace has previously fought the UK government in court over its 2018 decision to award a permit to the BP-owned Vorlich field.


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