ref date:19 Aug 2000 (ENV)
BP plans to power its deep seas rig from ONSHORE
At this moment in time every oil and gas platform in Scottish waters
basically generates its own power buy burning shipped-in diesel or gas removed during
This seems wasteful and inefficient. Now BP plans to use a land based giant
power plant with strict pollution (carbon dioxide filtering) control to
feed direct current to a HUB platform in the North sea which in turn
would feed out power to all its rigs!
The gas saved could be sold to industry.
This does seem environmentally sound and full of good business acumen.
However, steps MUST be taken to ensure that if the HUB platform fails
or if current carry cables are cut, that safety on the rigs is NOT compromised.
Additionally, London should NOT be allowed to relax other pollution measures
by saying this one station helps so much. In fact, the Scots people should
perhaps benefit more from this by having their CLEAN Hydroelectric
plants exempt from the punitive London power-eco tax.
If London will not agree to this, then Scotlands 'parliament' should NOT
let the plant be built in Scotland at all.