Oil and gas firm Chevron has been given consent by the UK Government to drill a deepwater well in the Highlands.
DECC said it has assessed the environmental impact and emergency response plan of the Cambo-5 well, located 136 kilometres west of the Shetland isles, to “detailed and extensive scrutiny”.
Energy Minister John Hayes said: “The North and West of Shetland are new frontiers for development in a resurgent UK oil and gas industry. Production from our waters provides nearly half our energy needs, supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and provides billions in revenue so it is vital we thoroughly appraise all new possible resources.
“Chevron’s plans and their emergency response measures have been thoroughly scrutinised by my department to make certain their conduct is of the very highest standard.”
The oil and gas company will drill the well as substitute operator on behalf of Hess Limited.