By Paul Steen, UK Head of District Energy, Ramboll
With the net zero transition looming ever closer and the eyes of the world turning to the UK ahead of COP 26, the time is now to put in place an integrated, detailed energy strategy. The long-awaited Energy White Paper published by the Government late last year gave impetus to many priority actions, but momentum has to continue to build to answer the urgent questions and detailed aspects to delivering these bold visions in the run-up to the COP.
It is estimated that there are around 201 small pools containing more than 1 billion barrel of oil equivalent in the North Sea. These pools may be marginal, but they have the capacity to stimulate the much-needed economic recovery of the UKCS.