General – Ukraine/Russia
Gasunie, operator of energy infrastructure in the Netherlands and Germany, will take extra steps in the coming period to safeguard the security of gas supply for the Netherlands, Germany and Europe.
In concrete terms, this involves the construction of a new storage terminal for LNG and sustainable energy in Brunsbüttel (Germany), as announced by German Chancellor Scholz in his speech in the Bundestag on Sunday 27 February.
Gasunie is also investigating the possibility of further increasing its LNG import capacity into the Netherlands before the end of the year. Gasunie is taking these steps in close cooperation with the Dutch and German governments.
Han Fennema, CEO of Gasunie: “The Russian invasion of the Ukraine is a major humanitarian tragedy and we sympathise with the people who are now suffering the consequences of the war. It is clear that this war has consequences for European energy policy. As a state-owned company, we are in close contact with the Dutch and German governments. We share our knowledge and expertise to safeguard the security of gas supply in the short and longer term for households and businesses. To this end, we are taking concrete steps to build new energy infrastructure as quickly as possible.”
German Chancellor Scholz announced the construction of two energy import terminals in his speech to the Bundestag on Sunday 27 February. One of these is a terminal in Brunsbüttel that Gasunie is developing. Talks with the German government about the construction are in the final stage.
Gasunie hopes to start construction of the terminal before the end of the year. In addition to LNG, this terminal will be made suitable for importing (green) hydrogen as well.
Gasunie is also investigating in the short term how LNG import capacity in the Netherlands can be further increased. In this way the dependence on gas imports from Russia can be reduced.
Gasunie will also freeze all non-operational relations and contacts with Russian companies, such as Gazprom. On the basis of its 9% shareholding, Gasunie’s CEO has a qualitative seat on Nord Stream’s Shareholders Committee. In light of current developments, Han Fennema is suspending his activities in this regard. Cooperation in knowledge-sharing and scientific development is also halted.
Operational contacts with Russian companies have been reduced to the minimum level necessary to facilitate security of supply for the Netherlands and Europe via our infrastructure.