Court ruling puts Groningen under more pressure

Legal challenges could mean output from the Netherlands’ giant gas field will be forced down even further, experts say Legal challenges could mean output from the Netherlands’ giant gas field will be forced down even further, experts say.
By Annemarie Botzki 16 November 2017 0 28416
Dutch engineers carry out earthquake tests Engineers simulating vibration caused by earthquakes at Groningen on a mock-up house. (NAM)

Output from the Netherlands’ giant Groningen gas field is likely to fall further in the coming years as a result of a court ruling made on Wednesday, senior industry observers have told Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

Jonathan Stern, founder of the gas research programme at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, said that although there was no threat of an immediate cut to production, “indications are that [an output cut] could happen in late 2018 or 2019, depending on the results of further study...

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