Cabinet wants to use Grijpskerk to close Groningen field earlier

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Cabinet wants to use Grijpskerk to close Groningen field earlier

Grijpskerk

The gas storage in Grijpskerk can be safely used to close the Groningen gas field definitively earlier. This is apparent from the advice of experts for the draft consent decree. Stakeholders and stakeholders can now respond to this concept. Due to the use of Grijpskerk as a storage for low-calorific gas, the Groningen field may be closed definitively in mid-2023 or 2024 for years to come.

The draft consent decree has been submitted to the municipalities, provinces and water boards involved. Local residents can also ask questions and respond to the draft decision until 9 January. The Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy will take all this into account when making a final decision on the use of the Grijpskerk gas storage facility.

The draft consent decision follows the amendments to the storage plan submitted by NAM. This adjustment is necessary to make Grijpskerk storage suitable for gas that Dutch households use, the so-called low-calorific gas. With this, Grijpskerk can take over the reserve role that the Groningen field would have for a few more years.

No additional security risks

According to the State Supervision of Mines (SodM), the adjustment of the type of gas stored in Grijpskerk does not pose any additional safety risks. This was also a hard condition for the minister to agree to the changes to the storage plan.

Gas tap closed

By turning off the gas tap in Groningen, the cabinet removes the direct cause of the earthquakes. Independent research shows that it is quickly becoming safer in the province, which means that it is expected that far fewer houses will need to undergo major reinforcements.

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