The Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM), the largest gas winner in the country, does not want the gas field in Groningen to be used after 2022 if an emergency occurs. The gas field is not suitable for this, according to the company, which goes against the wishes of Minister Eric Wiebes (Economic Affairs and Climate).
Wiebes says that gas extraction will probably end in 2022, but that the gas field can be used until 2026 if, for example, extremely cold winters come.
However, NAM sees nothing in this. According to asset manager Wessel de Haas, the gas field is not suitable for the role of backup. This would only be possible if a certain minimum level was won, “comparable to idling a car”. This would be 2.4 to 5.8 billion cubic meters of gas annually.
NAM prefers to look at alternatives, so that from 2022 nothing will be extracted from the Groningen gas field.
Gas extraction in Groningen has been causing problems for years. Earthquakes occur at a depth of only 3 kilometers, causing damage to the houses and fear among the inhabitants.