TAQA is the operator of Gas Storage Bergermeer. 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.
|Working gas volume||45.6 TWh (4.1 BCM)|
|Cushion gas volume||48.5 TWh (4.3 BCM)|
|Maximum injection capacity||19.5 GWh/hr|
|Maximum withdrawal capacity||26.4 GWh/hr|
|Injection period||112 days|
|Withdrawal period||97 days|
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. Through TPA, Gas Storage Bergermeer provides gas retailers 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 massive Groningen gas reservoir, which always provided a large part of this flexibility, storages like Gas Storage Bergermeer play an increasing role in matching this supply and demand.