The Netherlands is one of the most important gas producers and exporters in Europe. The biggest onshore gas field in Europe is located in Groningen. Most of the Dutch gas produced still comes from this field. And if demand rises, the field can also deliver further gas quantities quickly and flexibly. In recent years, the Dutch government has also turned to exploiting smaller gas fields so the production base has increased. Furthermore, the Netherlands has some gas deposits in the North Sea. A quarter of the European gas deposits are located in the Netherlands.
German gas companies have been buying from the Netherlands for over 40 years now. The gas is transported to Germany in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner through a well developed cross-border pipeline network. Border delivery points are in Aachen, Elten and Vreden. Gas from the Dutch sector of the North Sea is also moved to Germany via Bunde.
Long-term contracts have been signed for gas supplies from Dutch sources; they run until 2028. If the exploration projects go well, it can be expected that substantial quantities of gas will continue to be imported from the Netherlands after the agreed terms have expired. Therefore, the Netherlands will remain an important part of west European gas production.