Belgium wants to ensure that the extraction is reduced. Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs had the Belgian Minister of Energy Marie-Christine Marghem on the line this week.
Parliamentary editors 02-02-18, 16:47
“We need to find the best possible solution for security or supply,” Marghems spokesman explains. The intention is for the meeting to be held on 26 February during a European Council of Ministers on energy. Wiebes’ ministry does not want to lose more than that ‘the minister is in good consultation with his foreign colleagues in order to further accelerate the already agreed phasing out of Groningen gas’.
The Netherlands supplies about 30 percent of the gas that is fired in Belgium. It has previously agreed that the gas valve will be closed gradually from 2024 and delivery will stop in 2030.
Because more than 1.6 million Belgian households in roughly from the Dutch low-calorific gas, the Flemish, Walloon and Brussels governments are preparing adjustments. According to the Fluxys network operator, the conversion must be completed by 2029.
In case of emergency, a factory in Turnhout can be activated to make high-calorific gas from other countries suitable, according to the spokesman.