As Russia tightens gas supplies to western Europe, the Groningen gas field in northeastern Netherlands – the biggest of its kind in Europe – has taken on new importance. It holds enough gas to replace three years of Russian gas supplies to the EU.
But, the Dutch government plans to close the field next year because of the risk of earthquakes caused by gas extraction. Now calls are growing for a rethink. There’s little appetite in the region, however, for prolonging gas production.
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