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Gas Storage Bergermeer – Europe’s largest, open-access gas storage

TAQA is the operator of Bergermeer Gas Storage. It is Europe’s largest, open-access gas storage; providing the Northwest European gas market with 46 terawatt-hours (TWh) of seasonal storage capacity.

Full commercial storage operations started in April 2015.

Gas Storage Bergermeer is a key facility in the Netherlands’ ambition to become the gas hub for Northwest Europe.

Facts

Working gas volume 46 TWh (4.1 BCM)
Cushion gas volume 48.5 TWh (4.3 BCM)
Maximum injection capacity 20 GW
Maximum withdrawal capacity 26 GW
Injection period 112 days
Withdrawal period 97 days

1 cubic metre of natural gas = 40.6 megajoule (MJ)

Third Party Access (TPA)

Sufficient gas storage capacity provides gas retailers with the flexibility required to match fluctuations in demand and guarantee security of supply, regardless of seasonal and short-term fluctuations in the demand for gas.

With the depletion of the Groningen gas reservoir, every supplier of natural gas should be able to enter the gas market to supply customers effectively.

The majority of the storage capacity available at Bergermeer is made available to the market via Third Party Access, meaning that all interested companies can count on transparent and non-discriminatory access to the storage facility. This helps ensure the degree of supply flexibility required for a properly functioning market.