Netherlands eyes new LNG terminals from 2024


The Netherlands is examining establishing new LNG terminals from 2024 onwards after it reported ‘virtually’ no Russian gas was now entering the country via pipelines.

Efforts are also being made to further increase the capacity for importing LNG, following last year’s doubling of capacity. Both the new Eems Energy Terminal and GATE terminal offer scope for such further expansion, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

The percentage of LNG imported from Russia has halved to 15% now, with deliveries still arriving by ship. The reduction in gas imports from Russia has largely been offset by importing LNG, but also by doubling gas imports from Belgium and increasing gas imports from the United Kingdom.

A number of measures are being implemented in order to ensure sufficient gas supplies for next winter. The gas storage facilities will once again be required to be at least 90% full, enough for around a third of the Netherlands’ annual use. That gas will however also be used by other European countries. When it comes to imports, including of LNG, the Netherlands is working at EU level on a joint purchasing action plan.

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