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Dutch Minister says Groningen discussions with Shell/Exxon (NAM) may become ‘messy and bloody’

The minister did not want to reveal anything about the discussions about the claims handling with the owners of NAM, Shell and ExxonMobil. Wiebes fears that this will damage the State’s negotiating position. Those conversations may become ‘messy and bloody’, Wiebes said.

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad

Minister Wiebes is not chased with claims protocol for Groningen

Louis Hoeks • Economics & Politics

Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate (VVD) is not keen on drafting a protocol for the claims handling of gas extraction in Groningen. That turned out to be Tuesday during a noisy and sometimes emotional debate with the House of Representatives.

Wiebes: ‘It should be as soon as possible and not as fast as impossible.’ However, he said he would have to come up with a plan in the coming quarter to reduce gas use in industry, in homes and for export. read more

Why the Dutch are Missing Out on the Global Natural Gas Glut

The world may never have produced more natural gas, but that’s little comfort for the Dutch government as it seeks to replace flows from Europe’s biggest field.

Lawmakers in the Netherlands on Tuesday will discuss options to supply their pipeline network, which was built around the relatively poor-quality gas from the Groningen deposit. More than a half century of production there triggered earthquakes, forcing the scaling back of output.

Progressive Decline

Annual gas output from the Groningen gas field under new rules read more

DUTCH PRIME MINISTER RUTTE BLAMES HIMSELF FOR DELAY IN A DAMAGE PROTOCOL FOR GRONINGEN GAS SEEPAGE VICTIMS  

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad

DUTCH PRIME MINISTER RUTTE BLAMES HIMSELF FOR DELAY IN A DAMAGE PROTOCOL FOR GRONINGEN GAS SEEPAGE VICTIMS

From our editor • Economics & Politics

Dutch Prime Minister Rutte: ‘Time taken to form new cabinet is the cause of delay in new damage protocol for Groningen gas field’

The long time taken for cabinet formation has ensured that there is still no damage protocol for the victims of the gas seepage in Groningen Prime Minister Rutte said in the Buitenhof program on Sunday.

Because Rutte is ultimately responsible as prime minister, he also blames himself for the delay. “As prime minister, I am the first person to speak.” read more

NAM €265 BILLION REVENUE FROM GRONINGEN GAS: THEN THE EARTHQUAKES CAME

Once good for 20% of the government revenue and extra influence in Europe, now a national blight: the natural gas extraction in Groningen. The crane is getting closer and closer. But when the earth stops shaking, nobody knows.

€ 265 billion: Total revenue from Dutch natural gas revenues in the period 1960-2013 amounted to approximately € 265 billion.

The Groningen field was a jewel in the Shell portfolio.

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad under the headline: 

If you produce gas, you do not actually have to do anything

By Carel Grol

Harry Klevering (68) can still remember the arrival of the gas. About eight years old, he was the youngest of a family of thirteen from the Groningen village of Spijk, when the gas bubble was discovered in Slochteren in the late 1950s. Soon after, the Dutch Petroleum Company (NAM) visited his house, the company that still lives a life later on gas. To install free gas pipes. Tightly over the plinth, even though the tubes were plastic.

This Tuesday afternoon Klevering is in the office of Centrum Veilig Wonen in Loppersum. He just reported damage. He has lived in the same house for 24 years. Red bricks with a pointed roof, on the water. It is the second time that he has suffered damage. On Tuesday there were two explosions and then it felt like the house was falling. read more

Earthquake Shaker: Groningen Gas Field is on the highest alert level, code red

Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate has arrived in the village of Zeerijp in Groningen, where an earthquake occurred on Monday.

On Thursday, the State Supervision of Mines (SSM) stated that Groningen is in the highest alert level, code red, and that therefore a ‘considerable production reduction’ is necessary.

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad.

Accelerated reduction of Groningen gas production is expensive and time-consuming

Gert van der Have Louis Hoeks Economy & Politics

The politicians want to close the gas tap further, but that is not possible. ‘I’m going to do everything I can to reduce the costs’, Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate promised this week during his visit to the province of Groningen. He has to make that happen now.

According to the coalition agreement, Groningen gas production in 2021 must be reduced to 20.1 billion cubic meters. Wiebes wants to continue. The Dutch Petroleum Company (NAM) also indicated this week, without mentioning volumes, that the gas production will be substantially reduced again. On Thursday, the State Supervision of Mines (SSM) stated that Groningen is in the highest alert level, code red, and that therefore a ‘considerable production reduction’ is necessary. read more

Shell/Exxon (NAM) has delivered an urgent report to the Dutch State Supervision of Mines about the Zeerijp earthquake

TRANSLATED INFORMATION PUBLISHED 11 JAN 2018 IN DUTCH BY NAM

The Zeerijp quake

As a result of the recent earthquake at Zeerijp, NAM delivered a report to the State Supervision of Mines Supervisor (SSM) within 48 hours.
 
The report proposes measures for the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate to ultimately decide on in the context of safety, safety perception and other assessment frameworks. In addition to primary safety, the safety experience of the citizens of Groningen is central to this.

Gerald Schotman emphasized in various interviews to national and regional media that NAM is not concerned about the level of gas production. That is a decision that politics must take. read more

NAM proposes substantial reduction in gas production

…there was another earthquake last Monday, of 3.4 on the Richter scale. That was the second heaviest earthquake in the area above the Groningen field. So the big question is: when is it safe?

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad.

Heavy earthquake Groningen: Earthquake had a force of 3.4 on the Richter scale

Bert van Dijk Carel Grol • Entrepreneurship

The Dutch Petroleum Company (NAM) has advised Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate to substantially reduce gas production in the Groningen field. This is the first time that NAM has so explicitly managed a production reduction.

NAM has already significantly reduced production in the past five years. In 2013, production from the Groningen field was still 54 billion cubic meters. This is 21.6 billion cubic meters this year. Gas is now also won more evenly. Yet there was another earthquake last Monday, of 3.4 on the Richter scale. That was the second heaviest earthquake in the area above the Groningen field. read more

Further production cut eyed for Groningen after tremor

|By: , SA News Editor

Dutch gas company NAM says it will propose reducing production at the Groningen gas field following an earthquake on Monday that was the largest in recent years.

NAM, a Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.ARDS.B) and Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) joint venture that operates the Groningen field, says it will propose a shutdown of some production clusters, leading to a lower production volume overall.

The Dutch government has cut gas production several times in recent years from 39.4B cm in 2015-16, as decades of gas extraction have led to dozens of earthquakes every year in the Groningen region; the new government already agreed to cut output to ~20B cm by 2021 from a current 21.6B cm. read more

Dutch gas company NAM proposes cutting production at Groningen

AMSTERDAM, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Dutch gas company NAM will propose reducing production at the Groningen gas field in the wake of Monday’s earthquake, a spokesman for the company said on Wednesday.

Spokesman Ewoud Nysingh said NAM, a Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil joint venture that operates the Groningen field, will propose a shut-down of some production clusters, leading to a lower production volume overall.

NAM will present details of its proposal to the government around 1400 GMT on Wednesday. read more

MORE SHELL/EXXON GRONINGEN EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE

…even if gas production stops altogether, the earthquakes will continue for a while…

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad

And again Kloosterboer reports earthquake damage

Carel Grol • Entrepreneurship

Jan Enne Kloosterboer (74) has come running. From his farm on the Wirdumerweg, to the town hall of Loppersum. A ten-minute walk, the sky gray, temperature just above freezing. A walk also to clear his head.

Because here in the town hall there is an office of the Centrum Veilig Wonen (CVW). It is a small room. Pink walls, a poster of a mill, two desks. Kloosterboer walked here to report his damage. Again. read more

‘Heroes of Groningen’ reprimanded by lawyer for lawyers

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad

A house in the Lageland in Groningen has been seriously damaged by the earthquakes and will soon be demolished.Photo: Kees van de Veen / HH

‘Heroes of Groningen’ reprimanded by lawyer for lawyers

Bas Knoop • Entrepreneurship

Law firm De Haan has made ‘inadmissible agreements’ about remuneration with thousands of duped homeowners in the earthquake area in Groningen.

The so-called success fees that the Groningen office requires from clients with residential damage, in case they receive compensation from NAM, are a violation of the prohibition of no cure, no pay in the legal profession. read more

Financieele Dagblad: Shell is fully committed to oil and gas from shale

Printed below is an English translation of an article published by the Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times, Financieele Dagblad under the headline “Shell is fully committed to oil and gas from shale“.

By Bert van Dijk  Energy Editor

Shale gas and shale oil may then have a negative sound in Europe and hardly play a role, governments in the US, Canada, China and Argentina do see a lot of it. Shell hopes to benefit from this favorable investment climate in the coming years, especially now that the company has drastically reduced the costs of extracting shale gas and oil in recent years. read more

Magnitude 3.4 tremor at Groningen gas field

AMSTERDAM, Jan 8 (Reuters) – The Dutch minister for the economy said on Monday that output at the large Groningen gas field should be reduced “by as much as possible” during the current government term through 2021.

Eric Wiebes made the comment following a magnitude 3.4 tremor earlier on Monday that was the largest in recent years.

Dozens of earthquakes every year, resulting from decades of gas extraction, have caused damage to thousands of buildings and homes and prompted a dramatic shift in government policy now aimed at capping output. read more

Methane still leaking from the ground at site of Shell/Exxon gas explosion decades ago

NAM has also been in the news of late due to recent evidence implicating the company as the cause of small earthquakes impacting Groningen, a province just north of the former gas field.

December 29, 2017 by Bob Yirka, Phys.org

A team with members from several institutions in the Netherlands has found that the area around a site where a gas explosion occurred in 1965 is still emitting methane gas from the ground into the air. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study of the area and the degree of hazard the gas leak poses.

Back in 1965 a team working for the Dutch Petroleum Company (NAM-a venture between Exxon and Shell) accidentally caused a natural gas explosion at a gas field in Sleen, East Drenthe (in a northeastern part of the Netherlands). The blowout turned the sand in the area to quicksand, and a sank and disappeared into the ground. After a period of time, the area was converted into a park. But now, the area is back in the news, because the researchers with this new effort have discovered that the site is still leaking methane. NAM has also been in the news of late due to recent evidence implicating the company as the cause of impacting Groningen, a province just north of the former gas field. read more

NAM Dutch Environmental Legacy not just Groningen Earthquakes

In February 1965 there was a explosive blowout at a NAM gas field in Sleen, East Drenthe – an agricultural area of the Netherlands. A whole drilling rig was swallowed in a quicksand lake created by the explosion.

Afterwards, NAM, the company responsible for the explosion all those years ago and the earthquakes now plaguing Groningen, converted the area into a park.

Unfortunately, scientists have discovered to their consternation that methane leaks have contaminated the local groundwater and there is a risk of further explosions. read more

Shell/Exxon JV (NAM) has already paid over half a billion euros in compensation for Dutch earthquake damage

Earthquake damage to 80,000 homes in the Groningen Gas Field area of the Netherlands as a result of gas drilling activities by Shell and Exxon

Translated from an article published in Dutch language on 23 Dec 2017 by Het Financieele Dagblad.

Carel Grol • Entrepreneurship: 

How long will NAM still exist? 

“You have to ask that question to the shareholders.”

Gerald Schotman, director of the Dutch Petroleum Company (NAM), the company that pumps gas from the Groningen soil, has just been asked how long NAM can continue to do so. Does the company still have a future? Schotman: ‘I will never make a statement about whether or not gas extraction can take place.’

NAM is a company under oppression. The gas price is low and that is a burden on income. Meanwhile, the NAM has to pay for the earthquake damage in Groningen. So far, that has been slightly more than half a billion euros. That amount can only go one way in the coming years. Up. read more

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