The Rosebank oil field, located northwest of Shetland off the coast of Scotland, has been granted permission to commence oil and gas extraction, despite facing opposition from environmental organizations worried about expanding fossil fuel projects.

In a collaborative effort, London-listed Ithaca and Equinor will invest a combined total of $3.8 billion into the project. Equinor will hold an 80% stake in the field, while Ithaca will retain the remaining ownership.

Ithaca's Executive Chairman, Gilad Myerson, expressed his enthusiasm regarding the approval, stating, "Rosebank stands as the largest undeveloped field in the U.K., and with the receipt of development consent from the NSTA, we are now poised to embark on a journey that will not only provide critically important domestic energy but also ignite substantial economic impact."

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Contributing to Energy Security and Renewable Energy Goals

Equinor, a well-known energy company, has announced a groundbreaking project that is expected to have a significant impact on energy production in the United Kingdom. At its peak, this project is projected to yield an impressive 69,000 barrels of oil and 44 million cubic feet of gas per day. The estimated total recoverable resources of oil are around 300 million barrels, with the first phase aiming to recover 245 million barrels.

Recognizing the project's potential and its importance for the country's energy security, the U.K. government has shown its support by providing an estimated direct investment of £8 billion ($9.72 billion), according to Equinor's estimates.

This decision to approve the project aligns with recent efforts by the U.K. government to loosen certain environmental regulations while remaining committed to achieving net-zero emissions. As part of this commitment, the government aims to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035.

Claire Coutinho, the U.K. government's energy security secretary, highlighted the significance of this project in contributing towards achieving the country's renewable energy goals. While acknowledging the importance of investing in renewable energy sources, Coutinho emphasized the need for oil and gas as part of the energy mix on the path to net zero. Utilizing supplies from North Sea fields like Rosebank therefore makes sense in ensuring a diversified energy portfolio.

Following this announcement, Ithaca Energy's shares experienced a 7.7% increase, reaching 175.00 pence, while Equinor's shares traded 1.3% higher at NOK351.20.

With this ground-breaking project, the U.K. aims to advance its energy security while simultaneously driving progress towards a more sustainable future.


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