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)
2020 November** 3,811 1,903 21 4,129 667 3,252 124 13 480
2020 December** 4,823 2,128 21 4,217 346 3,702 47 18 1,877
2021 January* 5,547 2,188 20 5,225 335 5,845 340 15 3,978
2021 February* 4,621 1,816 19 3,756 440 3,815 42 18 2,464
2021 March* 4,411 2,040 17 4,010 1,226 3,905 26 14 1,064
2021 April* 3,656 2,081 16 3,182 1,303 3,470 57 15 615
2021 May* 2,978 2,020 20 3,078 1,269 3,021 70 15 -302
2021 June* 2,307 1,448 22 3,454 665 1,805 61 16 -1,400
2021 July* 2,168 1,607 21 3,668 331 2,127 142 13 -1,177
2021 August* 1,842 1,574 21 3,940 453 2,418 150 20 -1,559
2021 September* 2,123 1,360 19 4,147 720 2,430 138 14 -1,541
2021 October* 2,573 1,210 21 3,906 976 3,465 152 6 83
Source: CBS.
Explanation of symbols

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 revised provisional
- 2021 provisional.

Changes as of 29 December 2021:
Provisional figures of October 2021 have been added.

Changes as of March 2021:
Redesign; The new variables “Bunkers” and “Closing stock” are added to the table. The closing stocks will be aligned with AGSI every year in January. In the other months the closing stock will be determined based on the flows as metered by Gasunie (GTS). Because of this methodology, differences between the values as published by AGSI can occur. Apart from adding de variables “Closing stock” and “Bunkers” new insights have led to a shift from import to production for the year 2020.

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.