Bergermeer gas storage project halted
TAQA's Dutch project paused following tremor fears
Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) has confirmed that its record-breaking gas storage project in the Netherlands will be delayed following a court order suspending work at the site.
Construction work on the project has ceased amid fears from locals and environmentalists that the gas injection could cause tremors in the area. TAQA has suspended preparatory work for the drilling of 14 wells which once completed, would store up to 4.1 billion cubic metres of gas making it the largest project of its kind in Europe. It was due to be fully operational in 2014, but the delay is likely to push back the project’s completion date.
However, work to inject cushion gas – required to maintain pressure levels in the facility – will continue.