• What is Gasopslag Nederland?

    Gasopslag Nederland is an association that represents the interests of gas storage operators in the Netherlands. Our aim is to put forward all our members’ opinions about gas storage in discussions about Dutch and European gas legislation.

  • Why has Gasopslag Nederland been set up?

    Sufficient gas storage capacity is extremely important in order to continue to guarantee a properly functioning gas market. Over the next few years, gas storage in the Netherlands will play a much more important part. At the same time, regulations governing gas infrastructure and gas storage are still in the process of evolving. Gasopslag Nederland allows gas storage facility developers and operators to speak with one voice and achieve a favourable climate for new and existing gas storage facilities. Together with our members, we want to ensure that anticipated regulations, licensing procedures and a level playing field in the Netherlands and Europe are placed high on the agenda by European and Dutch governments and regulatory bodies.

  • How does Gasopslag Nederland want to achieve its aim?

    Gasopslag Nederland wants to achieve its aim by acting in the interests of its members. We enter into negotiations with European and Dutch governments, regulatory bodies and other interested parties involved in the Dutch gas infrastructure. We also act on behalf of our members by supplying information, advising on statutory measures, conducting legal proceedings and drawing attention to issues and problems confronting members.

  • Who are the relevant authorities in relation to the Dutch gas infrastructure?

    The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), ACER (Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators), the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the National Mines Inspectorate (SodM) and the European Commission.

  • What is gas storage?

    Gas storage is the underground storage of natural gas. In the Netherlands there are two types of underground gas storage: empty gas fields and salt caverns.

  • How does gas storage fit in with the transition to sustainable energy?

    The Netherlands’ aim is for 14% of the energy consumption to come from sustainable sources by 2020. This energy consumption covers transport, industry and electricity. For the last category this means that, as we approach 2020, around one-third of the electricity in the Netherlands must be generated using sustainable practices. Given that the wind is not always blowing and the sun only shines during the day, a supplementary electricity source is necessary which can be switched on and off easily and is economically viable. Natural gas can be used like this as a source for electricity, but only if the gas is flexibly available, for which gas storage is essential. Gas storage therefore helps in this way in the transition to sustainable energy.

  • Who is represented by Gasopslag Nederland?

    Gasopslag Nederland currently represents gas storage operators Eneco Gasspeicher, EnergyStock, Gas Storage Bergermeer, EKB (Etzel-Kavernenbetriebsgesellschaft), innogy gas storage NWE and Gas Storage OMV Etzel. The first three members mentioned above are the founders of Gasopslag Nederland.

  • What is Gasopslag Nederland’s aim?

    Gasopslag Nederland allows gas storage facility developers and operators to speak with one voice. In this way we can achieve a favourable climate for new and existing gas storage facilities. We want to emphasise the importance of gas storage for a reliable and sustainable energy supply. We are seeking to achieve this by holding discussions with the relevant authorities, such as the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), the European Commission and ACER (Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators).

  • Who can become a member of Gasopslag Nederland?

    Membership of Gasopslag Nederland is open to all gas storage operators and developers who have a connection agreement with the operator of the national gas transmission network (Gasunie Transport Services, GTS). They must be involved in the storage of gaseous natural gas and not CO2 or LNG.

  • Who are the parties affected by the Dutch gas infrastructure?

    Almost every home in the Netherlands has a gas connection. So there are many interested parties: the operator of the national gas transmission network (GTS), but also gas storage facilities and LNG installations and producers. Bulk consumers (such as industries and electricity producers) and, ultimately, end consumers, are all parties affected by the Dutch gas infrastructure.

  • What is the importance of gas storage?

    Gas storage makes it easy to respond to changes in the demand for natural gas. There is more demand for gas in winter than in summer. There is more demand during the day than at night. Gas suppliers need to be flexible so that they can react quickly to these changes in demand. Flexible gas storage also supports the use of sustainable energy sources by effectively absorbing the fluctuations caused by changing patterns in the supply of wind and solar power.

  • How does gas storage fit in with efforts to provide a reliable supply?

    Gas consumption is variable according to the time of day or year. Less gas is needed in summer than in winter and more during the day than at night. The gas supply must be adaptable to this. For decades, fluctuations in supply have been mainly accommodated by the Slochteren field near Groningen which has unique geological features. However, the pressure in the Slochteren field is falling making it more difficult to deliver gas rapidly. That’s why gas storage facilities are becoming increasingly important in order to be able to guarantee a reliable gas supply for heating homes and districts, powering industry and generating electricity.