The French energy company ENGIE wants to purchase less gas from GasTerra and claims GasTerra does not want to cooperate. The company claims that a lower contract volume leads to a lower required production ceiling. This reasoning is incorrect.
The total demand for Groningen gas on the North-Western European market is determined by the actual consumption of gas, not by contracted volumes. Gas transport company Gasunie Transport Services (GTS) has calculated that to guarantee the security of supply in an average year, 24 billion cubic meters of gas have to be extracted. What GasTerra trades, does nothing to alter this figure. By suggesting otherwise, ENGIE gives a distorted picture of the way in which the demand for low-calorific Groningen gas is determined.
GasTerra believes ENGIE is using the earthquake problems in Groningen for its own financial gain. This state of affairs gives rise to many questions, in particular in Groningen. The most important ones are answered below.