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Closure of the earthquake blighted Groningen Gas Field

Below is a translation of a news brief issued today 7 Nov 2019 – by NAM, the Shell/Exxon Joint Venture company responsible for the earthquake blighted Groningen Gas Field. And also for the consequential potential bill for untold billions to deal with damaged residences like the example in the photograph. Someone forget to mention in the news brief the shocking reason why the Dutch government ordered the closure. The word “earthquake” does not appear anywhere.

TRANSLATION

Close gas field Groningen started in Ten Post

It seems only a signature, but it marks the start of the closure of the Groningen field. At the end of October, NAM transferred the Ten Post gas extraction site to Meuva.  This company will start cleaning up the location around 11 November.

 
Location Ten Post is one of the five gas extraction locations around Loppersum. No more gas is being extracted at these locations due to the decision by Minister Wiebes to phase out gas extraction from the Groningen field and to stop it in the long term. The five locations – Ten Post, Overschild, De Paauwen, ‘t Zandt and Leermens – are the first locations to be cleaned up, starting with Ten Post.
 
In recent months, NAM has prepared the demolition, such as cleaning the installation. Meuva will remove the above-ground installation. The work will last until the beginning of 2020. The removal of the underground installation is done later.

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