Earthquakes in the Netherlands cannot shake the European natural gas market

Holz, Franziska; Brauers, Hanna; Roobeek, Thorsten
November 2015
DIW Economic Bulletin;Nov2015, Vol. 5 Issue 48, p629
Academic Journal
The rising number of earthquakes in the northeastern part of the Netherlands has been attributed to the extraction of natural gas from the Groningen field. This has led to strong opposition to natural gas production from the Dutch population, a matter that is increasingly preoccupying not only policy-makers on the local and provincial levels, but also the central government. In response, the Dutch government has decided a drastic reduction of production from the Groningen gas field, the largest natural gas field in the country. This has an impact on several Western European countries that import natural gas from the Netherlands. Model calculations by DIW Berlin based on a substantially reduced production of natural gas in the Netherlands show that due to diversified imports effects on the European natural gas market would only be small. Even if the lower Dutch production comes in addition to the disruption of the Russian supplies to Europe, it would not result in serious supply shortages or price increases in Western Europe since gas from other regions are possible. However, these supplies of natural gas would come partly from providers whose reliability might be called into question due to an unstable political situation, as for instance in North Africa.


Related Articles

  • Further shale exploration could see more earthquakes.  // Utility Week;4/20/2012, p9 

    The article reports on the warning by researchers that shale gas exploration could cause a repeat of the minor earthquakes triggered by Cuadrilla's drilling in Lancashire, England in spring 2011.

  • Liquefied natural gas will have to play a larger role in the future. Wittenberg, Erich // DIW Economic Bulletin;Nov2015, Vol. 5 Issue 48, p636 

    An interview with Franziska Holz, research associate at the Department of Energy, Transportation, Environment at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) Berlin, is presented, on topics including the link between the earthquakes and natural gas production in the Netherlands, and the...

  • Some North Texans suspect drilling behind recent quakes. TRONCHE, JOHN-LAURENT // Fort Worth Business Press;6/15/2009, Vol. 24 Issue 20, p4 

    The article deals with the possible role of the natural gas production in North Texas in a series of earthquakes within the area. Based on data from the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquakes started on June 8, 2009 with an episode that recorded a magnitude of 2.6. According to the book "Texas...

  • Discovery of Yanting-Tongnan trough of late Permian in Sichuan basin and its significance. Li, Qiufen; Wang, Zecheng; Li, Jun; Jiang, Qingchun; Wang, Tongshan; Yin, Jifeng; Xie, Fen; Miao, Shunde // Journal of Earth Science;Aug2012, Vol. 23 Issue 4, p582 

    Reef-bank of Sichuan (四川) basin have been explored along the platform margin belt on both sides of the Kaijiang (开江)-Liangping (梁平) trough for a long time. Correspondingly, a series of major breakthroughs have been obtained and a number of large oil and gas...

  • Why waste time on fracking evidence when you can get rich quick? Tompkins, Jacob // Utility Week;1/11/2013, p13 

    The author responds to the British Government's approval of the use of fracking in natural gas exploration as an alternative way to reduce energy bills. He explores the negative environmental effects of fracking which include groundwater contamination and earthquakes. He also comments on the...

  • Using joint constraint of pseudo- and real-wells for the prediction of thin-bed thickness. Wang, Chang-Cheng; Shi, Ze-Jin; Sun, Yi-Bo; Zhou, Huai-Lai // Studia Geophysica & Geodaetica;Oct2015, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p538 

    The prediction of thin-bed thickness has been generally recognized as one of the challenges in seismic exploration. Based on joint constraints of pseudo- and real-well, a seismic method for predicting the thin-bed thickness is presented in this paper. By analyzing geological and petrophysical...

  • Chesapeake disposal well closure could spur recycling efforts. FRANCIS, ROBERT // Fort Worth Business Press;8/24/2009, Vol. 24 Issue 31, p57 

    The article discusses how further additional water recycling efforts may follow the decision of Chesapeake Energy Corp. to close two salt water disposal wells in North Texas. The closure is a precautionary measure taken by Chesapeake in line with the possible link between the minor earthquakes...

  • Nature's Fury.  // Green Builder Magazine;Jun2012, Vol. 7 Issue 6, p28 

    The article offers evidence of global warming and their causes. Research studies have suggested that the earthquakes in Ohio may be directly linked with underground exploration for natural gas. According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), around 38 percent of...

  • OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION OPPORTUNITIES BELOW THE LARGE OVERTHRUSTING TECTONIC STRUCTURES OF ALBANIDES. Naco, Petraq; Vincani, Fatbardha; Leka, Piro // Proceedings of the International Multidisciplinary Scientific Ge;2011, Vol. 1, p1245 

    Oil and gas exploration has been one of the most priorities of albanian geological studies. Many oil and gas sources are discovered in the Ionian tectonic zone and the Periadriatic depression. For a long time, the oil and gas exploration was developed under the influence of the geosynclinal...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics