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

  • Dutch pipeline network needs lower-quality gas from field
  • Limited capacity to convert richer gas for domestic use
How Europe's Monster Gas Field Turned Into A Monster Headache
Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

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.