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Gasunie Urges Dutch Not to Shut Groningen Gas Field in 2023

  • Netherlands seeks to close field due to earthquake risks
  • Company says government shouldn’t take any irreversible steps
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Gasunie, the owner and operator of the Netherlands’ natural-gas transport system, urged the country not to close a key field as planned amid heightened geopolitical risks. 

The Dutch government is seeking to shut the giant Groningen field as early as October 2023 due to the risk of earthquakes linked to gas extraction. However, the European Union is now racing to find alternative fuel supplies after Russia -- the bloc’s biggest gas supplier -- invaded Ukraine.