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Environmental groups in Germany and the Netherlands have filed a lawsuit in the Dutch court contesting the plans for a new gas field in the Dutch North Sea.

The lawsuit has been filed with the Rechtbank in The Hague by Germany’s Environmental Action Germany (DUH), along with Dutch environmental organisation Mobilisation for the Environment (MOB), and the citizens’ initiative Clean Air East Friesland.

Another lawsuit against the gas drilling has also been filed jointly by the islands of Juist and Borkum.

Last month, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate issued a permit to ONE-Dyas to develop the N05-A gas field in the North Sea.

Planned to start production by the end of 2024 to deliver natural gas to Dutch and German households, the project is expected to produce up to 13 billion cubic metres of gas.

ONE-Dyas is also considering exploiting other neighbouring gas fields in Dutch and German waters as part of the project.

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The project’s production platform will be powered by wind energy and is planned to be located nearly 20km north of the Borkum, Rottumerplaat, and Schiermonnikoog islands.

The new production platform will be situated approximately 1.5km from the German sea border and in the immediate vicinity of the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and several Natura 2000 areas, claimed DUH.

DUH federal managing director Sascha Müller-Kraenner said: “The plans have nothing to do with energy security; a small amount of fossil gas is to be promoted from 2024 at the earliest.

“On the other hand, the construction of a new platform in the North Sea will create a new infrastructure that will increase our long-term dependence on fossil fuels.

“This is not compatible with the climate goals. That is why we are going to court, together with our partners. New gas wells in the immediate vicinity of the Wadden Sea National Park are completely out of date.”

The environmentalist groups are seeking a critical review into the project and a ruling to halt the project.