Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Dutch Government News

Transition to a Hydrogen Future Has Begun

There is a growing international consensus that clean hydrogen will play a key role in the world’s transition to a sustainable energy future. Photograph: IEA/ Shutterstock

There is a growing international consensus that clean hydrogen will play a key role in the world’s transition to a sustainable energy future, said  Noé van Hulst, who chairs the High-Level Advisory Panel for the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s forthcoming hydrogen study.Hulst, the Hydrogen Envoy for the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy…

Tennet: EIA for Offshore Wind Farm

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Tennet has commissioned Arcadis and Pondera to carry out an environmental impact assessment (EIA) work and permit applications for grid infrastructure for the planned 4GW Ijmuiden Ver offshore wind farm.Arcadis and Pondera said in a joint press release that the two subsea high-voltage connections…

Shell Bids to Build Dutch Offshore Wind Farms

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Royal Dutch Shell has teamed up with energy company Eneco and builder Van Oord in a bid to build two wind farms in the Dutch part of the North Sea, the companies said on Wednesday.The tender for the wind farms, with total capacity of 750 megawatts (MW), is open until March 14 for bids that require no subsidies on electricity prices.The Dutch were among the f

Groningen Gas Production Falling Faster Than Planned

Gas production at the Groningen field in the north of the Netherlands is falling faster than planned, the Dutch government said on Friday.Output at the field will fall to 15.9 billion cubic metres (bcm) in the year ending October 2020, the government said, which is 1.5 bcm lower than originally planned.The Dutch government last year said it would end product

TenneT, Vattenfall Pact on Hollandse Kust Zuid

TenneT’s offshore transformer platform (artist’s impression). Image: TenneT Holding

European transmission system operator TenneT Holding and offshore and wind farm developer Vattenfall  have signed agreements for the offshore grid connection for the Hollandse Kust Zuid I and II wind farms.The agreements concern the realisation of the connection and the transmission of electricity…

Groningen Gas Production Pared

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The Dutch government on Wednesday confirmed plans to gradually scale back production at the Groningen gas field, beginning with a reduction to 19.4 billion cubic meters (bcm) in the current 2018-2019 year that began in October.In a statement, the government confirmed a draft plan announced in August which will see production falling to below 12 bcm by Octobe

Offshore Test of New Installation Technology Successful

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The Carbon Trust and Fistuca, in conjunction with industry partners announced the successful completion of the offshore trial of the Fistuca BLUE 25M hammer as part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator BLUE PILOT project.The industry partners include E.ON, EDPR,  EnBW, Equinor, Ørsted, Shell, Sif, SSE, Van Oord, and Vattenfall.

Powering Ships with Plastic in Amsterdam

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In the Port of Amsterdam, a new factory is being built that could revolutionize the way we dispose of plastic waste. Utilizing groundbreaking technology, the facility will use previously unrecyclable plastic to create fuel for diesel powered cargo ships. The group behind the facility is Bin2Barrel…

Dutch Government to Slow Gas Production at Small Fields

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The Netherlands will slow down production at smaller natural gas fields in coming years and halt the search for new fields on land as extraction from the vast Groningen field is phased out, the Dutch government said on Wednesday.The government decided in March to wind down output at the Groningen field…

Dutch Government to Shut Two Coal-fired Energy Plants by 2024

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The Dutch government on Friday said it will close two of the five coal-fired energy plants in the Netherlands by 2024, in the first step towards its earlier announced goal to shut them all down by 2030.Economy minister Eric Wiebes said he will draft a law forbidding the use of coal for electricity…

Shell Writes Off Groningen Gas Field on Dutch Phase-out

Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday it would write down its reserves in the Groningen gas field, one of Europe's largest, following the Dutch government's decision to phase out production by 2030.The Anglo-Dutch company holds a 50 percent stake in the field, which has seen production reduced in recent years following a series of damaging earthquakes.Shell sai

Netherlands to Halt Gas Production at Groningen by 2030

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The Dutch government said on Thursday it will phase out gas production at the Groningen field, once Europe's largest, by 2030 as part of efforts to reduce the danger caused by small but damaging earthquakes. Production is set for 21.6 billion cubic metres (bcm) this year, already down from a peak of 53.8 bcm in 2013…

Netherlands to Allow New Offshore Wind Investments

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The Dutch government on Tuesday said it will allow five new offshore wind turbine farms capable of producing 7 gigawatts (GW) of electricity in the 2024 to 2030 period. The Netherlands is lagging other European countries in renewable energy investments and has launched a programme to speed up renewable energy projects…

Sharp Contrasts in Markets Impact Van Oord

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The year 2017 was dominated by the difficult market conditions in the dredging and oil & gas sectors, says Pieter van Oord, CEO, Van Oord, the Dutch contracting company that specializes in dredging and land reclamation. The global contractor specialising in dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects (oil…

Germany's EWE Presents Plan for Cut in Dutch Gas Use

German energy company EWE has presented a plan to reduce its use of gas from the Dutch field at Groningen by 1.7 billion cubic metres (bcm) annually, the Netherlands' Economic Affairs Ministry said on Wednesday. EWE's plan involves converting higher calorific gas from Russia or Norway to the low-calorie gas its infrastructure is built for.

Review Ordered of Groningen Production After Small Earthquakes

Dutch gas sector regulator SodM on Wednesday ordered a new review of production at the Groningen field in the north of the Netherlands after a string of small earthquakes this month. Gas company NAM was given a week to produce a report and proposed measures to reduce seismic risks after three tremors with magnitudes of 1.7 to 2.2 between Feb. 8 and Feb. 11.

Dutch Government: Close Coal-Fired Power Plants by 2030

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The incoming Dutch government plans to shut all coal-fired power plants by the year 2030, it said in its coalition pact published on Tuesday. The five remaining plants in the country are highly controversial because they cost billions of euros to build and three have only recently been completed.

Shell, Exxon May Appeal Over Planned Groningen Gas Output Cut

A joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil said on Wednesday it was considering appealing against a Dutch government plan to cut production at the Groningen gas field by 10 percent. The Dutch state earlier on Wednesday confirmed it intended to go ahead with a tightening of output at the massive field from Oct.

Shell Lobbies Dutch Government for More Wind Projects

file Image: a typical offshore wind farm (CREDIT: Siemens)

Anglo-Dutch oil major Royal Dutch Shell said it has urged the Dutch government to come up with bolder offshore wind targets and quadruple the goal for installed capacity to 20 gigawatts (GW) by 2030. Europe's biggest oil company, which has traditionally invested little in green energy sources…

Boskalis JV bags Attero bottom ash processing contract

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Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announces, together with Inashco, that it will process all bottom ash produced by Attero for a period of ten years. The contract was awarded to ACCN (Ash Cleaning Company Netherlands), a joint venture between Boskalis Environmental and Inashco. The…