Groningen gas output fall to prevent earthquake risk ahead of target
Gas production at Groningen in the northern Netherlands can be lowered to ten billion cubic metres (BCM) this year, the government said on the 21st February, beating an initial 2020 target to cut output at the field because of earthquake risk.
The Dutch government has said it would lower production at Groningen, once Europe’s largest onshore gas field, as quickly as possible after a series of tremors caused widespread damage to homes and buildings.
Last September, the state brought forward the cut-off date to 2022, eight years earlier than initially planned.
A cap on production was set at 11.8 BCM for the 12 months through October 2020.