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Netherlands Group Seeks Groningen Gas Boost as Russia Curbs Loom

  • Field should be tapped to secure domestic supply, advisers say
  • Facility is earmarked for closure after triggering earthquakes
An onshore site, operated by Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV (NAM), in the Loppersum gas field cluster in Groningen, Netherlands. 

An onshore site, operated by Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV (NAM), in the Loppersum gas field cluster in Groningen, Netherlands. 

Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

The Netherlands should increase output from the controversial Groningen gas field to bolster domestic supplies as the country plans to halt Russian imports, a group of energy advisers said.

The Dutch Mining Council, an independent advisory body to the government, told the cabinet in a letter that it should consider tapping Groningen as an emergency measure to fill storage for the winter, with Russian supplies due to be stopped by the end of the year.