In 1970, the largest gas field in Europe was discovered in Slochteren (NL). In a few years the Netherlands became a large producer and user of natural gas and a powerful gas industry was created. The Dutch became suppliers of natural gas to much of northwestern Europe. In the coming years, the biggest challenge will be to maintain Dutch natural gas production at acceptable levels.
Biogas can contribute to a sustainable gas supply. At the moment the amount of bioLNG produced in the Netherlands is small, but the Government encourages its development through energy innovation and subsidies for bioLNG production. The treated bioLNG can be used in the countries existing network of LNG stations. Low to replace traditional LNG. To ensure sustainable production, biogas producers receive special certificates
The Netherlands is on the eve of a big change in its natural gas supply. The Gate LNG terminal is now operational and supplies gas to the LNG filling station network. Engines fueled by LNG emit less CO2 and hardly any SOx, NOx and particles compared to engines fueled by diesel. Several companies have started to promote LNG as a transport fuel as it can meet the strictest emissions requirements for both trucking and maritime transport. For all these reasons, it is expected that the number of LNG refueling points in the Netherlands will increase in the coming years in order to be able to supply the growing demand for LNG.