Natural gas balance sheet; supply and consumption

Natural gas balance sheet; supply and consumption

Periods Supply of natural gas Total supply (mln m3) Supply of natural gas Indigenous production (mln m3) Supply of natural gas Production from other sources (mln m3) Supply of natural gas Imports of gaseous natural gas (mln m3) Supply of natural gas Imports of liquefied natural gas (Lng) (mln m3) Supply of natural gas Exports of gaseous natural gas (mln m3) Supply of natural gas Exports of liquefied natural gas (Lng) (mln m3) Supply of natural gas Bunkers Supply of natural gas Stock change (mln m3) Consumption of natural gas Total consumption (mln m3) Consumption of natural gas Via regional grids (mln m3) Consumption of natural gas Consumption by production + gastransport (mln m3)
2021 June** 2,303 1,395 23 3,502 665 1,805 61 16 -1,400 2,303 . 59
2021 July** 2,147 1,559 23 3,698 331 2,127 143 13 -1,181 2,147 . 56
2021 August** 1,835 1,522 23 3,984 453 2,418 150 20 -1,559 1,835 . 54
2021 September** 2,131 1,385 20 4,129 720 2,430 138 14 -1,541 2,131 . 51
2021 October** 2,582 1,207 23 3,918 976 3,465 152 6 83 2,582 . 65
2021 November** 3,666 1,520 21 3,526 897 3,204 76 5 986 3,666 . 69
2021 December** 4,208 1,628 22 2,863 1,169 4,225 43 7 2,800 4,208 . 68
2022 January* 4,258 2,200 27 3,243 1,057 3,302 32 4 1,070 4,258 . 65
2022 February* 3,414 1,511 23 2,578 1,324 2,585 140 5 708 3,414 . 58
2022 March* 3,245 1,612 32 3,355 1,440 3,262 24 13 106 3,245 . 56
2022 April* 2,671 1,852 27 3,226 1,391 2,905 44 6 -868 2,671 . 55
2022 May* 2,107 1,386 28 4,103 1,485 2,929 33 8 -1,925 2,107 . 55
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table shows the supply and the consumption of natural gas as a balance sheet. The supply of natural gas is calculated as the sum of indigenous production, production from other sources, imports minus exports, minus delivery of fuels for international shipping (bunkers) plus stock changes. The supply is equal to the amount of natural gas used in the Netherlands in the same period.

This consumption is broken down by how it's delivered by the gas distribution network. This consists of a main grid and connected regional grids. Large-scale consumers, like power plants and large companies, receive the gas directly from the main distribution network. Small-scale consumers, including households, receive their natural gas through the regional grids. Then a small amount of natural gas is used in the indigenous production and transportation of natural gas. Lastly, there is flared and vented natural gas.

Data available:
From 1946 annually and from 1982 annually, quarterly and monthly.

Status of the figures:
- up to and including 2019 definite
- 2020 and 2021are revised provisional
- 2022 provisional.

Changes as of July 2022:
Figures of May 2022 have been added.

Changes as of June 2022:
Figures of April 2022 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
Provisional figures: in the second month after the month under review.
Revised provisional figures: not later than in the following December.
Definite figures: not later than in the second following December.

Description topics

Supply of natural gas
The amount of natural gas primarily available for consumption in the Netherlands. Supply is calculated as the sum of indigenous production, production from other sources, imports minus exports and stock changes. This calculation of the supply results in the amount of natural gas consumed in the Netherlands during the period under review.
Total supply
The amount of natural gas primarily available for consumption in the Netherlands.
Indigenous production
Extraction of natural gas from nature, on-shore and off-shore in the Dutch territorial part of the North Sea.

Figures on flaring have been subtracted.
Production from other sources
Natural gas from other energy commodities transformation, e.g. natural gas production from refinery gas or natural gas production from biogas. Also known as biomethane.
Imports of gaseous natural gas
Imports of gaseous natural gas through cross border pipelines.
Imports of liquefied natural gas (Lng)
Imports of liquefied natural gas (Lng).
The gas is liquefied through cooling till about minus 160 degrees Celsius. This makes transport in ships over long distances possible.
Exports of gaseous natural gas
Exports of gaseous natural gas through cross border pipelines.
Exports of liquefied natural gas (Lng)
Exports of liquefied natural gas (Lng).
The gas is liquefied through cooling till about minus 160 degrees Celsius. This makes transport in ships over long distances possible.
Bunkers
Delivery of fuels for international shipping and aviation, i.e. ships and aircraft departing from Dutch (air)ports and arriving in foreign (air)ports. Bunkers are considered as a form of export and are not included in energy available for consumption in the Netherlands.
Stock change
Stock change of natural gas in underground storages and stock changes of liquefied natural gas (Lng). Includes also small changes in the emergency supply of natural gas and in the natural gas pipelines. During extremely cold weather the emergency supply is used to keep the natural gas supply at the normal level. During hot weather the emergency supply is supplemented again. The change of stock is calculated as the opening stock minus the closing stock, in accordance with international energy statistics guidelines. A positive figure means that the stock has decreased, and the supply of natural gas has thus increased. A negative figure means the opposite: an increase in stock and decrease in consumption.
Consumption of natural gas
The amount of natural gas delivered to the consumers in the Netherlands.
Total consumption
The amount of natural gas used by companies, households and transport in the Netherlands.
Via regional grids
Delivery of natural gas through the regional gas distribution networks directly to the final consumers. These are the small-scale consumers, including households.
Consumption by production + gastransport
The consumption of natural gas by extraction companies at the gas extraction sites to support the extraction process and by distribution companies for the transport of natural gas.